New York's halt on congestion pricing impacts nationwide efforts

New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s decision to pause Manhattan’s congestion pricing plan may stall similar initiatives across the country.

Scott Waldman reports for E&E News.

In short:

  • Governor Hochul announced an indefinite pause on the $15 congestion charge for Manhattan, citing unintended consequences.
  • The Metropolitan Transportation Authority loses over $1 billion in anticipated funding, affecting public transportation improvements.
  • Other cities like Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles were closely monitoring New York’s plan to shape their own policies.

Key quote:

“The Governor’s reckless decision to effectively kill congestion pricing in New York City — and every other city in America that is considering following New York’s example — is a staggering error.”

— Liz Krueger, Democratic state senator

Why this matters:

The pause in New York’s plan could embolden opposition groups in other cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, where congestion pricing discussions are underway. These cities are watching New York closely, as its success or failure could serve as a blueprint for their own traffic management and environmental efforts.

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