2007-10-26 / Community

Weiner: Better Plan To End Manhattan Congestion

Representative Anthony Weiner appeared before the New York City Traffic Mitigation Congestion Commission on Thursday, to provide testimony outlining his seven-point plan, as an alternative to the Mayor's proposed car tax. The Weiner plan, which he said provides a fairer, smarter and cheaper congestion mitigation solution, is also eligible for $354 million in federal funds under the United States Department of Transportation's Urban Partnership program. Under the legislation that created this committee, it is to consider other traffic congestion mitigation proposals in making its final recommendations.

Weiner has lauded the Mayor for beginning a very important conversation about what New York City will look like in 2030, and praised almost all of the proposals in PlaNYC. However, he has opposed the congestion pricing proposal since its announcement in April, because it is expensive, unfair to New York residents, and ultimately, not well thought through.

Weiner has long urged a plan that targets the real cause of congestion - trucks. The rise in truck traffic outpaces the increase in other vehicular traffic by a more than 3 to 1 margin. 30 percent more trucks have filled the City's busy streets since 1998.

The Weiner plan rests on seven basic principles the PlaNYC congestion pricing proposal fails to meet, calls for the following:

Improving Mass Transit First - Bikes, Boats and Buses;

Distributing Traffic Better Throughout the Day - Carrot and Stick Congestion Pricing;

Reducing Our Singular Reliance on Trucks - Build the Tunnel, Protect Our City;

Ending Inefficient Car Usage - Less Spot Jockeying and Cleaner Streets;

Minimizing the Cost to the City - Don't Pay $2.6 Billion to Get $354 Million;

Enforcing the Laws We Already Have - What Happened to Not Blocking the Box; and

Apportioning the Benefits and the Burden Fairly - Don't Pit Neighbor Against Neighbor.

Weiner's full plan can be found at his website.

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