NYC Viewpoint: Congestion Disaffection

Had congestion pricing been presented to New Yorkers as a quality-of-life improvement—reducing the harms drivers can cause but also helping the drivers that remain on the streets—it might have won more popular support. Instead, the state government presented congestion pricing as a blatant cash grab, and drivers have ample cause to be wary. With its outdated operational and construction practices, the MTA already wastes several times what congestion pricing would bring in, and car commuters from west of the Hudson already pay high tolls to the Port Authority—an agency whose corruption and waste are among the most egregious in the nation.