NYC Opinion: Congestion pricing, elitism in action: Don’t price access to what is supposed to be public space

The fundamental flaws of congestion pricing schemes are being glossed over as various elites try to steamroll their proposals through. A secretive committee packed with gubernatorial appointees called the Metropolitan Transportation Sustainability Advisory Workgroup, not unlike what gave us the Albany pay raise fiasco, is now trying to shape a proposal that Albany can impose on New York City. Not an easy task, and not the right thing to do.

The theory of congestion pricing is certainly worth discussing: make it expensive to drive in Midtown and fewer people will do so, alleviating traffic and generating revenue in the process. Flat pricing mechanisms can work.