Advocates Pressure Albany To Vote On Congestion Pricing

December 06, 2018 - 12:49 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Transit advocates rallied Thursday in support of congestion pricing, which they say could save lives.

The proposal is expected to be one of the major topics in the upcoming legislative session in Albany, and advocates gathered on Canal Street to list the benefits of the plan.  

Manhattan state Sen. Brad Hoylman was among the advocates and noted that the plan would help get more people off the roads in onto the city’s subways and buses.

He added it would be beneficial “not just to get traffic off of our highways and our streets in Manhattan, but to make certain that we fund our mass transit and make certain that pedestrians and cyclists are safe.”

Standing at the mouth of the Manhattan Bridge, Mary Beth Kelly of Families for Safe Streets was interrupted mid-speech by a sound heard there often: a siren.

“I hate to think what that’s for,” she said as the emergency vehicle rushed passed.

Kelly and others argued that congestion pricing will have a positive ripple effect.

They claim fewer cars on the road will result in fewer crashes, saving lives and saving New Yorkers from life-altering injuries.

“Albany has not acted on congestion pricing, we need to act,” the state senator said.

There's been a significant drop in the number of crashes in other cities like London, which have installed their own version of congestion pricing.

Hoylman wants the plan to be finalized and voted on this upcoming legislative session, but as of now it's not clear if congestion pricing will come up for a vote