Transit advocates launch blitz campaign in support of congestion pricing

On Wednesday, a group of organizations including the Regional Plan Association, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, TransitCenter and the Riders Alliance released a series of fact sheets laying out how every area of the city would benefit from the MTA’s Fast Forward plan.

The plan itself is dependent on congestion pricing, which would tax vehicles for driving in Manhattan’s busiest areas.

The fact sheets provide a breakdown of the benefits advocates say would come with MTA projects that are yet to be funded— and cite the success of congestion pricing in cities such as London and Stockholm.

“There’s an inherent value in transit that we have to recognize,” said Danny Pearlstein of the Riders Alliance. “Congestion pricing is fair, it’s sustainable and it’s the largest transit specific source of revenue on the table to fund the subway.”

The campaign isn’t aimed at the general public — it’s being presented to elected officials and community stakeholders, said senior vice president Kate Slevin of the Regional Plan Association.

Congestion pricing has been pushed by City Hall for a decade. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to get a similar measure passed in 2008, but it was shot down in Albany.

“This is the moment to get more revenue into the transit system and to start to fix all the problems we see in our subways and buses,” said Slevin. “Without congestion pricing, we can’t take the first step to see the benefits that other cities have seen in their subways and buses.”

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