Road pricing is an idea that’s come — and gone — once again in New York. A new proposal to charge drivers $11.52 to enter Manhattan’s busiest neighborhoods on a weekday died quietly in April after being left out of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s new budget. As a compromise, the state will levy surcharges on taxi- and other rides-for-hire in Lower Manhattan, generating an estimated $400 million for public transportation.
While New York dithers, cities such as London, Singapore, and Stockholm have reaped the benefits of road pricing — more investment, less congestion — for more than a decade. In the U.S., Washington and Oregon are pushing ahead with their own road pricing scheme. What would a fair, equitable, and successful road pricing system look like in Manhattan, and what is the best way to implement it? Is one necessary to save the city from later being gridlocked by autonomous vehicles?
URBAN-X Urbanist-in-Residence Greg Lindsay will host an interactive debate where provocative scenarios will be discussed, voted and proposed. Get ready to join the discussion, starting by answering two questions as you RSVP to the event.
Marcia Bystryn – President New York League of Conservation Voters.
Frederic Charlier – Founder and CEO of Clearroad.
Charles Komanoff – Public Policy Analyst.