A new bill is now being considered in Albany to reduce NYC traffic congestion and provide reliable new revenue for public transit improvements and road and bridge maintenance. On this site, you can learn about and discuss this legislation. Legislators, the Governor, and other key officials will be urged to read your input as the bill moves through the legislative process.
The bill was introduced on March 24, 2016 by Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez (East Harlem), who chairs the Subcommittee on Infrastructure. The initial coalition of 14 cosponsors includes Assemblymembers from the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. It would impose new tolls for the four East River bridges and for vehicles crossing 60th St. in Manhattan. These tolls would be same as what drivers now pay to enter Manhattan through the Brooklyn Battery and Queens Midtown tunnels. Special rules would apply to commercial vehicles, taxis and FHVs. Tolls on the 7 MTA bridges would be lowered at the same time -- and the new tolls can't be implemented unless the outer bridge tolls are lowered. The new revenue would be dedicated to specific transportation-related purposes (e.g., public transit expansion, road and bridge repair, fare decreases) in all of the 5 boroughs and nearby counties. Most important, the new money would be legally protected from diversion to other uses, and transparency measures are included so the public can confirm this.
NYC Congestion Opened Closed
From October 21, 2015 to January 8, 2016, people affected by congestion in the NYC area could use this site to learn about and discuss the causes and possible solutions. Congestion is hardly a new problem, but there’s been some new activity around finding answers. Here New Yorkers shared their experiences and on-the-ground knowledge. They helped evaluate the various proposed solutions and added their own ideas--so that policymakers would also hear the voice of the people who know first-hand about NYC congestion.