Commentary

New York City Congestion Pricing Deal Brockered

The New York Times city blog is reporting that a deal has been brokered between Mayor Bloomberg, Gov. Spitzer, and the NY General Assembly permitting the city to move forward with its congestion pricing plan. Bloomberg’s office released a statement that says in part:

“This agreement to move forward with congestion pricing marks a critical milestone in our efforts to make PlaNYC a reality, and to provide a better quality of life for us and for future generations of New Yorkers. By moving forward in our effort to clean our air and fight congestion, we will help our economy, improve public health and make critical improvements to our public transportation system.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.