How will Congestion pricing affect FDNY/ NYPD members working in lower Manhattan

Jun 27, 2017
Let's see; since covid

Manhattan office vacancy rate has gone from 8% to 16% and is still headed upward.

Manhattan workplace occupancy is 26% to 64%

Manhattan retail vacancy is the highest in the city 15%; tip of Manhattan 22%

Broadway theater attendance down 16%

Tourist visits still down from 2019.

Illegal aliens housing is paid by taxpayers and is driving hotel rates sky high and housing availability downward.

The southern half of Manhattan produces almost one third of the gross domestic product of the entire State of New York.

What could wrong?

The good ole boys down here at the bait camp refer to this as "poking the skunk".
Sep 7, 2020
Of course this is not the right time! Her re election is coming up. Wait a month or two after she is re-elected and she will resume the congestion fee again. Typical politician and typical dumb voters who will fall for this trick.
May 16, 2008
That article is just more cheerleading for CP by WABC.

No mention of the various Vision Zero inititives that are choking traffic all over the place. Bus lanes, lanes removed, giant median pedestrian plazas, high curbs, etc.

That alone is the reason times are up. Traffic has been purposely compressed. The author somehow didn't know that?
Jun 27, 2017
After the congestion pricing dust-up, let's look at the time/speed issues in southern Manhattan,

-40% of all vehicles cross 60th Street

- 200,000 vehicles come from the Lincoln/Holland tunnels

- 385,000 come from east side bridges

- In May, 2024 the average taxi speed was 4.5 miles per hour (it will get slower in the fall and Christmas)

- East 37th Street is the slowest half mile.

- Average time lost in traffic jams per year
NYC- 101 hours (highest in the known universe)
London- 99 (and they have congestion pricing already)
Boston- 88

This, of course, does not include time wasted waiting in line at Mickey D's, the TSA or for your computer to boot up.

On the bright side, June 26th marked the 50 year anniversary of the first use of a bar code scanner to record the price of everything you buy. Think of all the time that simple act has saved us (and did you know that bar codes are based on a two dimensional expansion of Morse Code?).