The state budget is due to be enacted by April 1, so the 213 people who make up the Legislature have a little more than a month before they must determine if the aging, wheezing subway has a future. They have to be brave and pass congestion pricing, backed by Gov. Cuomo. Read budget director Rob Mujica’s defense of the Cuomo plan’s language in the neighboring column.
There are myriad arguments to be made that drivers who choose to bring their vehicles into Manhattan south of 60th St., exasperating already terrible traffic, should pay a reasonable fee to fund public transit on which the vast majority rely. Bridge and tunnel tolls already embody the concept, with bizarre exceptions for untolled crossings that would finally be rationalized.