'Doing nothing is not an option'

ABNY hosts a panel to debate the merits of congestion pricing.

More than 1.5 million people commute into Manhattan every day, so there are at least 1.5 million different takes on congestion pricing – charging drivers a fee to enter most of Manhattan and using that revenue to fund public transit. The Association for a Better New York convened a panel Monday morning to hear opinions from four major stakeholders in the process, who are all watching closely to see if Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders will reach an agreement before the budget is due on April 1. If not, discussions may continue until the end of the legislative session in June, or beyond. I live-tweeted the discussion, sharing a rundown of the arguments for and against congestion pricing, and what factors play into creating a plan.

Errol Louis, Scott Rechler, Veronica Vanterpool, David Weprin and Patrick Hyland sit on the ABNY congestion pricing panel
Courtesy of ABNY

Participants included Scott Rechler, a real estate developer who is chairman of the Regional Plan Association and an MTA board member; Veronica Vanterpool, a transit consultant and MTA board member; Queens Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin and Patrick Hyland, executive director of the Metropolitan Trucking Association. NY1 political anchor Errol Louis moderated the event.