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Upper West Siders Fear Congestion Pricing Will Wreak Havoc On Neighborhood

May 19, 2019 - 1:48 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Upper West Siders are getting concerned about the effects congestion pricing might have on their neighborhood – and are calling on the city to make some changes.

They believes congestion pricing will bring more gridlock to neighborhoods like theirs that are just outside the congestion pricing zone.

In a city where land is at a premium free street parking doesn’t make much sense, Howard Yaruss says. He co-chairs the Transportation Committee within Community Board 7.

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“Clearly street parking is something that has been here for a long time and will continue to be here. It’s just a question of whether it should be given away for free,” Yaruss said.

The committee passed a resolution asking the city to reexamine free parking. The issue becomes even more urgent with congestion pricing on the horizon, which would levy a toll on vehicles below 60th Street.

“We’re concerned with what happens just north of that border,” Yaruss said.

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Yaruss worries commuters might ditch their cars, making traffic even worse in the neighborhood as drivers circle looking for a stop.

“There is the potential for people to drive to that zone and look to leave their cars and take mass transit from there so as to avoid the congestion fee,” Yaruss said.

Along with the reexamination of parking, Yaruss wants the city to explore residential permits and more loading zones for deliveries.