New York Gov. Kathy Hochul Walks Away from Billions from Vital Congestion Pricing Program Set to Cut Pollution and Fund Transit Improvements

Statement from Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund

June 5, 2024
Joe Liesman, (415) 293-6088,

(NEW YORK – June 5, 2024) New York Gov. Kathy Hochul today announced she has “indefinitely paused” the implementation of the city’s groundbreaking congestion pricing program mere weeks from its planned start date. The program, which was signed into law in 2019, was set to reduce traffic congestion and minimize health-harming pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, all while raising $1 billion per year for long-promised public transportation upgrades, expansions and accessibility improvements.  

“Gov. Hochul’s action has blocked billions for desperately needed subway repairs and cleaner air for our kids with asthma. This last minute reversal on congestion pricing has shocked and disappointed millions of New Yorkers. Creating a cleaner, more sustainable future for everyone requires a strong resolve when challenges arise. After once championing “Less Traffic, Better Transit, Cleaner Air,” as the benefits of the program, Gov. Hochul is now jeopardizing the future of New York’s public transportation system and directly undermining some of her own climate and sustainability commitments set by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.  

“Environmental Defense Fund remains committed to the goals of congestion pricing: public transportation that is sustainable and accessible for all, cleaner air and streets that are safer for pedestrians, bikers and drivers alike. We stand ready to work with our elected leaders to ensure these goals continue to be a priority. New Yorkers throughout the state shouldn’t have to wait any longer for the modern, healthy and sustainable communities they deserve.” 

  • Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund  

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