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MTA votes 10-1 to pause its tolling plan, showing board will not overrule governor on issue

June 26, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
Pedestrians cross Delancey Street as congested traffic from Brooklyn enters Manhattan over the Williamsburg Bridge, March 28, 2019, in New York. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File
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CITYWIDE— THE METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY (MTA) WILL NOT TRY TO OVERRIDE Gov. Kathy Hochul on her surprise pause of the controversial congestion pricing plan set to take effect this Sunday, June 30, instead voting 10-1 to pause the implementation. Their 10-1 vote essentially formalizes the governor’s announcement, postponing the plan and canceling much-needed revenue for the MTA’s capital improvement projects. Their vote also ends any speculation that the board planned to act against the governor’s wishes. MTA Board Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said during the voting, “The fact is the MTA, it’s just a reality, cannot start implementing congestion pricing without the New York State DOT sign off.”

Ironically, David Mack, an MTA board member who voted earlier this year against the congestion pricing plan, cast the sole dissenting vote to block the resolution on Wednesday. He wanted the tolling program permanently stopped.

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