Wednesday, April 09, 2008

What The Failure of Congestion Pricing Means for Coney

The plan to implement congestion pricing in New York City has been officially declared dead. This is unfortunate for both New York City in general, and Coney Island in particular. Southern Brooklyn does have a pretty strong car culture, and the plan would have involved charging people who drive over the bridges from Brooklyn into Manhattan. However, the majority of people who live in Coney Island rely on public transportation. One of the major features of the congestion pricing bill was that funds raised would go into a lock box account which would fund specific MTA projects. As City Councilman Domenic Recchia pointed out, this would be great news for Coney Island, as the proposed MTA projects included several plans that would benefit Coney Island residents, particularly express service from Coney to Manhattan on the F train.
- post by Ben Nadler

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