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Federal Inaction Delays Congestion Pricing by at Least a Year in New York City

Bad news for one of the most innovative transportation planning schemes in the country, with long-term impacts on planning and construction in New York City.
July 15, 2020, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Clayton Guse reports: "The MTA’s plan to implement congestion pricing and tax cars in the busiest parts of Manhattan will be delayed by 'roughly a year' thanks to holdups by the Trump Administration, the agency’s chief development officer Janno Lieber said Monday."

"The new tolls were slated to go into effect at the start of 2021 — but the feds have since slow-walked an approval process and declined to tell Metropolitan Transportation Authority leaders what kind of environmental review process is needed to give the program the green light," adds Guse. 

Lieber's statement on the subject confirms earlier reports about federal delays and the likely delay caused by Covid-19. The congestion pricing scheme for manhattan is a key funding source in the MTA's capital investment plan, contributing an expected $15 billion toward the $51 billion in spending included in the plan.

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Published on Monday, July 13, 2020 in New York Daily News
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