Op-ed | What federal approval of congestion pricing means for the MTA, and you


It’s been four years since the New York State Legislature formally approved the Central Business District Tolling Program, better known as Congestion Pricing. In that time, the MTA has been steering this historic project through a complicated ongoing federal approval process under two very different presidential administrations – during a pandemic no less.

The passage of time had some critics saying we’d never get it off the ground, but we’re thrilled to be proving them wrong.

On Friday, our team released the final Environmental Assessment (EA) for congestion pricing. It includes a package of mitigation measures that were carefully crafted with federal official, community partners and other stakeholders to identify and offset any potential negative effects of the program, so everyone can benefit – especially those living in environmental justice (EJ) communities.