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MTA, NY City and State Receive Federal Go-Ahead on Impact Study of Congestion Pricing Plan

Nearly two-and-a-half years after the New York State Legislature authorized a congestion pricing plan for Midtown Manhattan, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the city and state Departments of Transportation will kick off an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the plan. The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved launch of the EA and public outreach program for what would be the first plan of its kind in the U.S. 

The EA is expected to take 16 months. It will gauge the impact of the Central Business District Tolling Program on 28 counties across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. 

“We are operating on an extraordinarily expedited and aggressive environmental review timeframe, yet one that will be painstakingly thorough, and we hope can serve as a model for other U.S. communities considering similar congestion pricing systems,” said MTA acting chair and CEO Janno Lieber.  


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