Dozens of groups push Cuomo to make good on congestion pricing

February 11, 2019 - 8:35 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A big rally is planned Monday in Albany, calling for congestion pricing on Manhattan drivers to help pay for mass transit upgrades.

The Fix the Subway Coalition -- an assemblage of dozens of groups -- will assemble outside the Assembly chamber to demand Gov. Cuomo put congestion pricing in the state budget.

The coalition is made up of labor, civil rights, environmental and commuter groups who say a congestion surcharge is the only way to raise billions for the busses and subway.

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Danny Pearlstein, of the Riders Alliance, tells 1010 WINS that Cuomo recommended congestion pricing to fix mass transit as recently as last week at a breakfast with business leaders in the city. He says fixing mass transit affects every New Yorker in every borough and that the governor needs to act.

“In order to restore reliability, increase capacity and deliver the 21st Century accessible subway we all deserve, we need congestion pricing, because only with billions of additional dollars cane we actually fix the subway,” Pearlstein said.

Earlier this month, congestion pricing fees went into affect for cab and ride-hailing drivers entering the busiest parts of Manhattan south of 96th Street -- a move that sparked outrage from the New York Taxi Workers Alliance.

The plan the Fix the Subway Coalition is pushing for would bring the surcharge to all drivers.