N.Y. Congestion Pricing Could Get Biden Boost
The plan to charge drivers who enter Manhattan south of 61st Street was supposed to go into effect in 2021. The plan has been delayed by about a year, but could get a push from President-Elect Joe Biden.
MTA officials say congestion pricing will bring in up to $15 billion for much-needed repairs to the subway system. They accuse the Department of Transportation under President Trump of slow-walking the necessary approvals.
The MTA also wants a $12 billion federal bailout due to COVID-19-related revenue losses. Officials say some of that money will make up for lost revenue from delays in the congestion pricing program.
President-Elect Joe Biden has said he supports congestion pricing. It’s not yet clear if he will have a Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate to help him get another federal coronavirus package approved. Control of the Senate hinges on two January run-off elections in Georgia.