NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The on-again, off-again battle for congestion pricing is back on — and closer than ever to becoming a reality.
For those who support the controversial plan, it can’t come soon enough. As New Yorkers slowly return to the city for work, so do the traffic jams. Bridge and tunnel crossings are almost as crowded now as they were pre-pandemic. State data shows car ownership has increased nearly 37%.
Interestingly enough, the same can’t be said about public transportation. While the MTA is breaking pandemic-era ridership records, on a good day it only sees about half the amount of riders that used to use the system.
In this week’s episode of 1010 WINS' IN DEPTH PODCAST, we discuss the pros and cons of congestion pricing.
We speak to Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who is currently in favor of the proposal, as well as New York State Assemblyman David Weprin, who opposes it.
Through it all, we try to figure out what it could truly cost New Yorkers — and not just financially.