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Lander, Carroll make last-minute congestion pricing appeals ahead of MTA board vote

June 26, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CITYWIDE — NYC COMPTROLLER BRAD LANDER and other officials pressed their cases before the MTA board on Wednesday, appealing to the board to resist Gov. Kathy Hochul’s last-minute about-face on congestion pricing. “If it doesn’t go into effect, the MTA cost of borrowing will go up, operating expenses will increase, and indeed service reliability, safety, and frequency will all be jeopardized,” Lander told the board, which was expected to approve the indefinite pause Monday afternoon. Also testifying were numerous transportation groups and officials including Assemblymember Robert Carroll, representing Brooklyn’s 44th District, who called the governor’s announcement to indefinitely delay implementation “shocking and deeply disappointing.”

However, former MTA chairman Joe Lhota opined in an editorial in the Daily News on Wednesday that congestion pricing is a “horrible way” to fund mass transit. “There is an elegant, easy to implement and sustainable way forward to fund the MTA’s capital plan: a broad-based, very modest increase in the existing transit sales tax rate,” he wrote.

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