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9th Ave. in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen Photo: Roger Rowlett, Wiki CC
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer
The Biden administration has greenlit the study of congestion pricing for driving in New York City after years of delays during the Trump administration. A congestion pricing program would charge cars a toll for driving south of midtown Manhattan between 60th Street and Battery Park. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that the state will now begin an “environmental assessment” and public outreach campaign for the program. “Congestion pricing is an internationally proven method to reduce traffic congestion, enhance the availability and reliability of public transportation, and improve our air quality,” Cuomo said in a statement Tuesday.
Congestion pricing has been in the works for a while — the plan was initially passed by the state legislature in 2019— but the Trump administration blocked the project for more than a year, by refusing to clarify whether it would need a long and expensive “Environmental Impact Statement,” or a much easier “Environmental Assessment.”
In his statement, Governor Cuomo said: “We thank President Biden and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg for advancing this important program, and we look forward to continuing to work together to further advance our nation-leading $306 billion infrastructure plan, which is preparing the State to be globally competitive for generations to come.”
NYC is already in the process of designing the roadway toll system and the infrastructure needed to implement it. These systems are in use in London, Singapore, and Milan. A similar congestion pricing system has been discussed for Los Angeles and other American cities, which will be watching how New York handles this.
The Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent has been experiencing a massive power outage after its largest volcano erupted last Friday, forcing widespread evacuations for the island’s 100,000 citizens. As NBC News reported, La Soufriere’s eruption — its first large one since 1979 — transformed the island’s lush towns and villages into gloomy, gray versions […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new paper published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience found that up to half of the global methane emissions come from aquatic ecosystems and man-made water sources like flooded agricultural land, ponds, wetlands, reservoirs, and salt marshes. Experts say that these emissions have gone uncounted for too long […]
Right now, Las Vegas, Nashville, and Phoenix all don’t have Amtrak service. That could change if the new Amtrak service map, released last week as part of President Biden’s infrastructure plan, gets built.
Why This Matters: Getting around by train is more energy-efficient than driving or flying, especially if it’s electrified.
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