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Call It ‘Decongestion Pricing’ | eBroadsheet

A gaggle of elected and appointed officials gathered on Staten Island on Sunday morning to announce their support for changing a decades-old tolling policy on the Verrazzano Bridge, which may have a significant benefit for traffic congestion in Lower Manhattan.

U.S. Congressman Jerry Nadler and City Council member Margaret Chin(both of whom represent Lower Manhattan) were joined by Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, and Patrick Foye, chairman and chief executive of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the agency that oversees the bridge, to trumpet the virtues of restoring two-way tolls on the span, which connects Staten Island and Brooklyn.

Although the bridge is eight miles away from Lower Manhattan, the tolling regimen has is a significant contributor to Downtown traffic patterns. According to a 2018 study performed by Sam Schwartz Engineering, collecting a toll for cars headed in both directions (rather than levying double that amount, but only on cars headed from Brookyln to Staten Island) could divert up to 130 cars per hour, during peak driving periods, away from Lower Manhattan.

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Call It ‘Decongestion Pricing’ | eBroadsheet.

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