Bedford-Stuyvesant

Elected officials join riders in demanding congestion pricing

July 10, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — DECLARING THEY’VE BEEN ‘ROBBED’ of critical funding for ADA-mandated transit upgrades, a coalition of Brooklyn elected officials and subway riders rallied Wednesday, July 10, at the Nostrand Avenue subway station. State Sen. Jabari Brisport (D-25), Assemblymember Phara Souffrant Forrest and Councilmember Chi Ossé (D-36) rallied with public transit riders demanding Gov. Kathy Hochul implement congestion pricing immediately to avoid additional delay to accessibility upgrades promised in the 2023 MTA Americans with Disabilities Act settlement. They asserted halting the only immediately available new funding for transit upgrades jeopardizes $16.5 billion in projects.

“The pause robbed riders of the only immediately available source of funding for station accessibility,” said Riders Alliance Senior Organizer Danna Dennis. Ossé rebuked the governor’s decision that came just weeks before congestion pricing was to take effect and said, “This pause has thrown the MTA into disarray to the detriment of my constituents and all New Yorkers. I am especially troubled by the defunding of accessibility infrastructure. Vital transit hubs like my district’s Nostrand Ave A/C station will now remain inaccessible, with no end in sight for our neighbors with disabilities. This pause on congestion pricing must be lifted.”

“New Yorkers deserve clean air, accessible public transit and a Governor who respects the democratic separation of powers,” said Brisport.

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