Tuesday, April 8, 2008

New York Legislature turns down $354 million for "congestion pricing" pilot

Despite New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "fight like heck" to implement a congestion pricing pilot project in Manhattan, Democrat Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver refused to give the issue a hearing in his chamber on Monday, which effectively killed the issue for another year.

The move will cost New York $354 million in federal funds that was appropriated to help the city implement the project. The original appropriation for new york city was $500 million, but the original amount was cutback when the legislature refused to implement the program last year.

The state of Washington, on the other hand, is moving forward with its congestion pricing pilot on the 520 bridge corridor in Seattle. WSDOT will receive $134 million in federal funding to implement its plan. You can read about Seattle's pilot on the thread we posted below yesterday.

You can read the whole new York City story here.

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