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Congestion pricing could spread to other cities — Yeger loses committee post for Palestine comments — NYPD halts 50-a usage | POLITICO

NYT EDITORIAL BOARD: “There is a lot to like in New York State’s $175 billion budget. Democrats, in commanding control of the Legislature for the first time in a half-century, agreed on Sunday on sweeping changes that had been blocked for years when Republicans ran the State Senate…despite the messy way the budget was passed, it came with real gains.” Read it here.

BUT HOW … WILL THEY DO IT? “The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is exploring ways to implement the newly passed congestion pricing program for Manhattan without installing bulky cashless tolling gantries to scan E-ZPasses or license plates, according to request for ideas that Bridges and Tunnels issued last Thursday. The authority is looking to ‘minimize the infrastructure footprint, and leverage current infrastructure, to the greatest extent possible,’ in launching the nation’s first congestion pricing program, which must begin by the end of 2020. Pat Foye, the newly appointed MTA chairman, said the agency is trying to cast a wide net for ideas from companies around the world and that congestion pricing is a ‘transformative initiative’ that will bring a host of benefits to the MTA and the city.” AM New York’s Vin Barone

—The Long Island Railroad will no longer be able to count trains that are six minutes late as being on time.

“PHILADELPHIA IS NOW CONSIDERING CONGESTION PRICING FOR THE FIRST TIME, closely watching New York’s move, ‘to see how this can help improve equity, safety, sustainability and mobility,’ said Kelly Cofrancisco, a spokeswoman for Philadelphia’s mayor, Jim Kenney. Los Angeles and San Francisco are already conducting studies to lay the groundwork for congestion pricing, and Seattle’s mayor, Jenny Durkan, is leading efforts to have congestion pricing in place by the end of her first term in 2021. ‘It really does help to be able to point to some peer city and say ‘They’re doing this and it’s working,’ said Michael Manville, an associate professor of urban planning at The University of California, Los Angeles, who has advised Los Angeles on congestion pricing. ‘At the very least, it changes the conversation in other cities.’” New York Times’s Winnie Hu

“CONGESTION PRICING IS GETTING THE GREEN LIGHT IN ALBANY, but drivers are seeing red over the new deal. The plan involves charging a toll on drivers entering Midtown, Manhattan below 60th Street. The surcharge will not apply to the West Side Highway and FDR Drive, as long as you are just passing through. Sources have told CBS2 drivers in cars could pay around $11.50, and truck drivers around $25. A panel of experts will set the surcharges by the end of 2020. But residents who live in the zone say the plan will cost them more than just toll fees, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported Monday. In neighborhoods like the Upper West Side, where parking is already at a premium, resident Frank Manzanet is worried it’s about to get even worse.” CBS New York’s Andrea Grymes

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Congestion pricing could spread to other cities — Yeger loses committee post for Palestine comments — NYPD halts 50-a usage – POLITICO.

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