Is 2019 the Year When New York Passes Congestion Pricing?

Originally published in New York Times on February 18, 2019.

But congestion pricing’s odds have improved this year, supporters say, following the blue wave that helped flip the State Senate, giving Democrats control of state government for the first time in a decade. Many new members are young and take subways and buses or ride bikes rather than drive cars. They do not need to be sold on congestion pricing’s benefits.

Vocal supporters from outside Manhattan include Senators Alessandra Biaggi in the Bronx, Julia Salazar in Brooklyn, and Jessica Ramos of Queens, a borough where there has long been resistance to driver fees.