Cuomo: Feds Are Being ‘Purposefully Difficult’ In Delaying Congestion Pricing

Kevin Rincon
February 20, 2020 - 6:24 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday slammed the federal government for delaying the state from implementing its congestion pricing plan.

Congestion pricing was approved by lawmakers in Albany last year as a way to raise billions in funding for the financially-strapped MTA. But, before the plan can begin, the state needs approval from the federal government.

Gov. Cuomo says the reason is “because it deals with some federal roads.”

He notes that the Trump administration now seems to show no desire to move forward with approving the plan and says they are being “purposefully difficult.”

Cuomo believes the Trump administration is not approving the congestion pricing plan as a form of retaliation for New York’s recent policy of allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

He says the federal government is practicing political extortion.

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“Opposing the federal government … they then tend to retaliate and I think you see this across the board,” Cuomo told reporters. “I’m not holding my breath for them to approve congestion pricing.”

The federal government needs to sign off on turning a free road into a tolled road.

Government officials also need to look into whether an environmental review is needed – something that could take years to complete.

Cuomo notes that they will not know how much congestion pricing will cost drivers until they have the federal government’s approval.