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Riders Alliance congestion protest draws crowd at B’Way Junction

June 10, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BED-STUY — BROOKLYNITES JOINED AT a rally held by the Riders Alliance at the Broadway Junction subway stop in Bed-Stuy on Saturday to protest against Governor Hochul’s 11th-hour decision last week to indefinitely halt the implementation of the city’s long-planned lower Manhattan congestion pricing, reports amNY. Speakers expressed feelings of betrayal and anger over the surprise announcement, which pleased outer-borough drivers but left public transit riders infuriated. Concerns included clean air and traffic safety, but largely centered around the MTA’s budget, which this year was dependent on a projected $1 billion from new tolls; despite reassurances from Hochul, the state legislature was unable to agree on measures to fill the gap, leaving the MTA reportedly forced to rework its spending plans and deprioritize station upgrades and service increases.

Councilmember Lincoln Restler told attendees, “Kathy Hochul has betrayed us,” while state Sen. Jabari Brisport expressed hopes that the toll delay would be short lived: “[I]t’s not too late to do the right thing.”

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