Teachers union files federal lawsuit to block congestion pricing

The MTA is facing yet another federal lawsuit seeking to block its congestion pricing program, this time filed by the city’s largest teachers union and the Borough President of Staten Island.

The United Federation of Teachers and Staten Island Beep Vito Fossella filed the lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court on Thursday and named the MTA, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) as defendants.

The plaintiffs, who also include six teachers who are members of UFT, say the MTA conducted a “rushed and hurried” environmental review process in violation of federal law for the program to toll drivers entering Manhattan south of 60th Street, which is expected to be implemented this spring. The lawsuit makes similar claims as another one filed by New Jersey in July, and has the potential to beset congestion pricing with further delays.