Feds clear the way for congestion pricing

On March 30, the Federal Government gave the go ahead to the MTA to perform the environmental assessment which will look at how charging a toll on vehicles driving into Manhattan would affect traffic volumes and emissions. A more streamlined process for reviewing the plan’s environmental impacts will help move the project along faster than if a more formal environmental review was required. “The FHWA looks forward to assisting New York so we can arrive at a prompt and informed” environmental review, acting Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack said in a statement Tuesday.

With the vehicular traffic nearly as high as pre-pandemic and the New Jersey drivers blocking intersections again, we cannot wait.

In case you need a refresher course on the plan. Here it is

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