A commission was assembled yesterday to study Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing, traffic-cutting proposal and present a recommendation to state and city lawmakers. The plan includes a fee for drivers, up to $8, for driving into Manhattan below 86th Street during peak hours.
According to the New York Times:
Gov. Eliot Spitzer nominated Marc V. Shaw, a former deputy mayor under Mr. Bloomberg, as head of the 17-member commission, which must make its recommendation by Jan. 31 on whether to impose an $8 daily charge on drivers entering Manhattan below 86th Street. The charge for trucks would be $21.
The commission includes two other members appointed by the governor, who has endorsed the mayor’s proposal, three members appointed by Mayor Bloomberg and three appointed by City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, who has also supported the plan.
It would appear from those appointments that the mayor can count on a majority of commission members to back his plan. The commission was created by a law passed during a special legislative session in July as a compromise between supporters and opponents of the congestion pricing plan.
The federal government revealed last week that it would give New York $354 million if it went forward with the mayor’s congestion plan.