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City Council Fiddles While New York City Chokes on Traffic

12:12 PM EDT on March 26, 2007

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Brooklyn Council member Lew Fidler (above) is circulating an anti-congestion pricing resolution urging Mayor Bloomberg to oppose any form of road pricing. Fidler's resolution appears to be a shot across the bow in preparation for the mayor's forthcoming Long-Term Planning and Sustainability speech. Last week, Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff hinted that the speech would include "bold and creative" transportation policy ideas that come with a cost. Fidler, reportedly, will announce his resolution this coming Wednesday. 

In light of that, below is a sneak peak at a new study by transportation consultant Bruce Schaller (download the page here). Analyzing 2000 census data, Schaller found that the vast majority of Fidler's constituents who commute to Manhattan's Central Business Distrcit use transit -- not automobiles. That's right: Even in deepest southern Brooklyn 75% of commuters use transit to get to Manhattan south of 59th Street. Schaller's analysis also explodes the myth of congestion pricing "elitism." In Lew Fidler's district, the average automobile commuter earns about 14% more than the average transit user.

Photo: Lisa Glogowsky

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