Monday, April 23, 2007

Paying our way out of congestion....

Mayor Bloomberg is taking no prisoners by announcing on Earth Day (22 April 2007) a bold environmental vision for a growing New York City. Perhaps most controversial is a plan for congestion pricing for those cars entering Manhattan below 86th St of $8. There will be grumbles, but there should also be improvements if London is any indicator. Ken Livingstone recounts the trials and tribulations leading to hard won victories. Singapore has a similar policy, but I think Singapore runs so well, because well it's Singapore. I'll give updates when I get back from there.

So could we do congestion pricing in Car happy california? It wouldn't be city centers that need price control but the freeways (but then would that be an oxymoron?). So maybe payways are next? What are you thinking Mr. Governator?


At 10:49 PM , Anonymous Little Blue PD said...

I highly doubt he rides the subway that much. He's the mayor, I want him driven around so he can make calls and stuff. New Yorkers shouldn't want him wasting all that time on the subway.

We all have to wonder what Bloomberg is really thinking of with this congestion pricing tax scheme. Maybe he mostly just wants a new tax. Just wrap it up in ‘concern for the environment’, and then people can just demonize those who oppose it.

If he cares so much about traffic jams, congestion and air pollution, why does he let Park Avenue be blocked off? Why doesn’t he do anything about that?

It's true, Pershing Square Restaurant blocks Park Avenue going South at 42nd St. for about 12 hours a day/5 months of the year! This Causes Massive Congestion and Air Pollution!

But apparently it does not bother NYC’s Nanny-in-Chief Mike “Congestion Pricing Tax” Bloomberg?

It certainly supports his claim that the city is hugely congested.

Check out the map!

Check it out!


Little Blue PD



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