A new proposal from a panel created by Governor Andrew Cuomo would require drivers coming into central Manhattan to pay a $11.52 daily fee. Vehicles entering the central business district between 6 AM and 8 PM would pay, with a higher fee for trucks and a lower fee for taxis and ride share. The plan would raise an estimated $180 million and reduce traffic by 13 percent. Revenue would fund transit improvements on the city’s decaying subway system. New York would be the first city in the U.S. to implement congestion-zone fees, following in the footsteps of London, Stockholm, and Singapore, which have experienced increased average speeds, greater mass transit use, and improved air quality. Read more about it in this Bloomberg article.
A document was leaked yesterday that contains an outline of what might be contained in a long-promised White House infrastructure proposal. Heavy caveats are required, as we do not know who prepared this document, who leaked it, or whether it reflects the administration’s thinking. When asked about the document, a White House spokesperson declined to comment on a leaked source. She did not, however, indicate the document was fabricated.
The document contains two major sections: “Funding Principles” and “Principles for Infrastructure Improvements.” The document does not contain principles as much as a set of policy ideas and proposed regulatory changes, with varying degrees of detail. The draft outline leaves much to be answered. There is no proposed funding amount, just percentages of the total that would be committed to the proposed programs. Since no funding level is proposed, nothing indicates how the bill would ultimately be paid for.
The changes proposed appear to be separate from the current transportation authorization, which relies mostly on fuel tax revenues to fund projects primarily through discretionary, formula-based programs. The program outlined in the leaked document would do a little of that (for dollars to rural areas), but primarily relies upon grant awards through a competitive process controlled by federal agencies.
The portions described in this document are the most impactful for NARC’s members.