Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Opponents of Congestion Pricing Use False Populism

You Know What's Fundamentally Regressive? NYC's Current Toll System
Read the linked analysis.  Brodsky's opposition to congestion pricing in 2009 and the Sam Schwartz plan now is based on the same fake populism.  He was wrong then, and he's wrong now.  It's a disingenuous argument.

The other thing the author gets right: don't expect any real movement in this until after the 2014 elections. But it's a good plan whose time has come.
"It's telling that Brodsky imagines his working-class stiff as "the guy driving the '97 Chevy." It's not "the guy riding the R train" or "the gal transferring from the Q60 to the M15." Transit commuters far outnumber car commuters in NYC and earn, on average, far less, but they never figured into his message."
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