New York Makes History with Congestion Pricing

EDF statement from Andy Darrell, NY Regional Director, on plan that will lower pollution from transportation

March 31, 2019
Catherine Ittner, (212) 616-1443,

(NEW YORK, NY – March 31, 2019) Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate today reached a budget agreement, including a plan to implement congestion pricing. By reducing traffic and helping to finance a cleaner, more modern transit system, congestion pricing will cut pollution from the transportation sector, which is New York’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. For more than a decade, Environmental Defense Fund has fought alongside transit, justice, business, finance and other environmental leaders to get congestion pricing passed.  

“This is an historic moment for New York. As the first place in the United States to adopt congestion pricing, New York will help lead the way for other cities and states that are serious about tackling pollution from transportation. New Yorkers everywhere can finally celebrate this win, with fewer cars on the road and cleaner air for all.” 

  • Andy Darrell, New York Regional Director, Environmental Defense Fund

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