“The FHWA Letter of Legal Sufficiency issued today has been a long time coming and marks a significant step forward for our region’s health and the wellbeing of our transit system. It’s the first next step toward Congestion Pricing, which will mean less traffic, better air quality and reap billions of dollars to improve the MTA’s signals and stations, improve accessibility, buy new rolling stock, and build big things like the next phase of the Second Avenue Subway and bring Metro-North into Penn Station. In addition to transit riders, millions of other people will benefit from Congestion Pricing, including drivers in midtown and our neighbors in New Jersey. This is the first next step – but a critical one, and we applaud USDOT, Governor Hochul, the MTA and its partners, NYS DOT and NYC DOT, for being so diligent in their efforts to ensure that mitigation efforts are being put in place to address the concerns that were raised during the review process. Where New York leads, others will follow.”
The Congestion Pricing Now coalition statement on the release of the FHWA letter can be found at @FundTransitNow on Twitter.