Sticking with The Brooklyn Eagle for a moment, the paper featured an editorial on “Congestion Pricing” written by Dennis Holt. Here is a sample:
y the end of this week, all of us will know the probably unpleasant details from the Ravitch report — ideas on how to generate revenues for the MTA, sure to impact everyone.
One of those “details” has been widely broadcast — tolls on the East River and Harlem River bridges, at last.
Some estimates indicate that the East River tolls would generate $600 million, or about half of the money shortfall forecast by the MTA. The recommendations, which have to be approved by the state, are sure to be acrimonious and to be discussed far too long.
Let’s keep in mind that a street toll is, by any other name, a congestion pricing policy. Congestion pricing, by that phrase, has not appeared much in the discourse of recent weeks.
But tolls on the East River bridges are an example of congestion pricing. In fact, most experts believe that bridge tolls would be a much more effective and efficient way to reduce auto traffic in Manhattan than the original Bloomberg plan.
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