NYC Public Advocate’s Statement On The Mta Board Congestion Pricing Vote

December 6th, 2023

Press Release

"As a longtime supporter of congestion pricing, I know this vote is a major milestone years in the making, and means we are nearing the time when this critical policy will take effect. In the period between today’s vote and the full implementation of congestion pricing, though, I believe there are still important considerations and accommodations that must be made, concerns which have yet to be adequately addressed.

“As designed, the provisions around taxis will create undue financial burden for drivers already struggling to make a living. I further believe that the discounted rate for low-income New Yorkers – which are only triggered after ten full-rate trips – is insufficient to meet the level of need in an existing affordability crisis. Greater effort must also be made to protect these same communities from an increase in hazardous emissions.

“Unrestrained exemptions to congestion pricing would undermine its purpose and render the policy ineffective – at the same time, limited use of adjustments will make it stronger, more sustainable, and more equitable. I urge the Board to make these considerations ahead of implementation.”

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