NYC Congestion Pricing Session at ACT International Conference
The Association for Commuter Transportation held a session on the proposed plan at the 2019 International Conference in New York City with speakers Julie Tighe, President of New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) and Jon Reinish, Managing Director of SKDKnickerbocker. The session was moderated by Rob Henry, Executive Director of GVF and Chair of the ACT Public Policy Committee.
The Transportation sector is New York state’s largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, 2 million New Yorkers live or work near a congested roadway, and 1 in 10 children in the state have asthma. Congestion pricing in London, Singapore and Stockholm has resulted in reduced traffic, improvements in air quality, and steady revenue for mas transit and other infrastructure projects. In Stockholm, rates of asthma dropped by 50% after congestion pricing was implemented.
“Thank you again to Jon and Julie for speaking at our congestion pricing session. They put together an impressive campaign on informing the public of what congestion pricing is and what it can do while keeping it in the news and working very close with the press to get the public to understand how it would benefit them,” said Henry. “As New York moves forward with this program we feel there will be many opportunities for ACT members to participate and assist in its development and to integrate TDM policies into the strategies.” He also stated that next steps include developing the details of the plan, which offers opportunities for experts and partners in TDM to get involved.
The plan is expected to go into effect at the start of 2021.