How congestion pricing in Manhattan will boost the Bronx

How congestion pricing in Manhattan will boost the Bronx

It’s working in London and Stockholm, but can congestion pricing in Manhattan make an impact on residents and business owners in the Bronx?

By charging a fee to drivers entering Manhattan below 60th Street at peak times, congestion pricing — which state legislators are debating until April 1, when the budget will be finalized — expects to generate as much as $1 billion a year, which will help the Bronx in several ways.

Money will be earmarked for improvements that will increase service on the 2, 4, 5, 6, B and D, including the purchase of 3,000 new subway cars for the 1, B and D lines. It’ll also fund platform repair at the Longwood Avenue station 6; escalator replacements at the Pelham Bay Park 6; new stairs at Freeman Street, Simpson Street and Prospect Avenue 2/5 stations, and the Metro-North service directly into Penn Station with new stations in Hunts Point, Parkchester, Morris Park and Co-op City.

If congestion pricing is not passed? The MTA estimates that transit fares will need to rise by 27% to pay for essential projects.

In London, congestion pricing has reduced traffic by 15%, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 20%. In Stockholm, the number of children going to the hospital because of asthma has dropped by 50%.

“Congestion pricing,” says Andy Darrell, regional New York director for Environmental Defense Fund, “is a realistic step we can take to reduce traffic, cut air pollution, and increase funding for public transportation.”

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