Thursday, January 10, 2008

Congestion Pricing Commission Releases Preliminary Report!

Via the NYT City Room,
In one option, the panel proposes placing $4 one-way tolls on all the bridges across the East River and the Harlem River. That would both cut traffic and raise $859 million a year for mass transit projects, according to the report.

The other options are Mr. Bloomberg’s original congestion pricing plan; a scaled-down version of the mayor’s plan that eliminates the charge for car trips within the pricing zone; and a proposal for license-plate rationing, which would bar every car from entering a congestion zone once every five days during the work week. (See Page 68 for a comparison of the plans.)

The report also includes a package of measures that could be added on to any of the plans, such as raising parking charges or cutting back on the parking placards given to city workers and placing an $8 surcharge on taxi trips in the congestion zone.

The 72 page pdf (warning!) can be downloaded here. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, and probably won't until the weekend. Then I'll have a more detailed post up.

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