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“New Yorkers want congestion charging”

Right: New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced plans for congestion pricing in June

More than 57% of witnesses who testified at recent hearings by the New York City traffic mitigation commission support the concept of congestion pricing as a tool to reduce traffic congestion and vehicle emissions.

“The public hearings show that New Yorkers do in fact support the concept of congestion pricing, although they may want to see the original proposal tweaked and they want to see the revenues spent on transit improvements,” says Neil Giacobbi, a consultant for lobby group Environmental Defense. “Polls showing majority opposition to the original congestion pricing plan don’t take these facts into account.”

Environmental Defense staff attended all seven commission hearings in the five city boroughs and analyzed the testimony of 149 people.

While an equal number of people testified in support of, and against the Mayor’s specific congestion pricing proposal (26% support, 26% oppose), a startling 40% of people testifying at commission hearings suggested improvements to the current plan, adds Giacobbi.

November 21, 2007

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