Staten Island might not have any subways, however the borough’s buses and Staten Island Railway completely want higher service. Pricing all autos getting into Manhattan’s core will assist make that occur with new funds.
A plan can — and should — additionally resolve one other drawback, the steep toll on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the one method to drive off the island (except you depend the crossings to Jersey).
Gov. Cuomo and Meeting Speaker Carl Heastie, each supporters, should make congestion pricing occur this week, beginning by funding E-ZPass readers and cameras south of 60th St. and a uniform charge on taxis and Ubers and livery fares beneath 96th St.
We now have already documented the stands of Meeting members from the Bronx and Manhattan. Staten Island has 4 members, Democrats Matthew Titone and Michael Cusick, who matter to Heastie, and Republicans Ron Castorina and Nicole Malliotakis, who don’t.
All of them need toll reduction from the Verrazano. And Cuomo says toll reduction is a should in any congestion pricing plan. Good.
Lifting the burden on Verrazano drivers can also be key within the state Senate, as a result of Andy Lanza, who represents the Staten Island facet, and Marty Golden, who represents the Brooklyn facet. Get them on board and alongside comes the entire Senate.
Lanza is the Senate’s prime sponsor of the congestion pricing plan. Titone and Cusick are Meeting sponsors.
On this one, Staten Island is main the entire metropolis with a wise approach ahead.