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Transit Advisory Group Proposes Congestion Pricing To Solve MTA Crisis

December 18, 2018 - 6:23 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A group assembled to figure out how to fund the MTA into the future released its first report Tuesday, but it didn't come with too many answers.

The Metropolitan Transportation Sustainability Advisory Workgroup consists of members appointed by the MTA, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and leading state lawmakers.

The group was given one task: Figure out the best ways to get the MTA the money it needs.

However, it could only offer one recommendation, and it wasn't even unanimous: congestion pricing.

“But we certainly do think that there is a need to continue to explore other revenue options,” said Gov. Cuomo appointee Kathryn Wylde, of the Partnership for New York City.

According to the workgroup, the transit crisis is due to the city’s failure to keep pace with growth.

To make up for that, the transit advisors changing the way the MTA operates, such as raining in costs and reforming its governance.

“It either has to be rationalized in terms of making it a more consolidated system or broken up in a way where there is a line of decision making that can take less than years to get decisions done,” Wylde said.

Other revenue sources looked at (but not agreed upon) include a cruising charge on for-hire vehicles, changes to real estate taxes and capturing revenue from the anticipated legalization of marijuana.