Public Invited to Review Document and Provide Comments Beginning Aug. 10
Today, Public Can Begin to Sign Up to Speak at Public Hearings
MTA Bridges and Tunnels (MTA B&T), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) today reminded the public that on Wednesday, Aug. 10, they, along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), expect to release an Environmental Assessment on the proposed congestion pricing program in the Manhattan Central Business District, known formally as the Central Business District Tolling Program. The Environmental Assessment document will include detailed analysis and modeling and incorporates feedback heard during 19 public webinars held last year on the project and process as well as from members of Environmental Justice Technical Advisory and Stakeholder Working Groups.
The release of the document is the latest step in a thorough environmental review of the proposed program being overseen by the FHWA. Following the release, the agencies will hold a series of six virtual public hearings to provide further info on the program and collect public feedback, and beginning on Aug. 10 will welcome feedback online and via email, mail, voicemail and fax.
“This is a tremendous step forward as we work to initiate this transformative public policy,” said MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. “We want to hear from the public about this program. This is the time where comments can help guide the discussion about how the program takes shape.”
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, “As we continue the process of evaluating and preparing for the nation’s first congestion pricing program, we are committed to continuing our robust community outreach. Public engagement is paramount in crafting effective policy, especially when it’s centered on a metropolis as diverse and intricate as the region in and around New York City. We strongly encourage the public’s participation in these hearings and value the feedback which will help inform the development of this transformative program.”
“Congestion Pricing is an integral part of New York’s future to unclog our streets, clean our air, and provide funding for the world-class transit system we deserve,” said New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. “We are proud to partner with the MTA to reach this significant milestone and look forward to hearing from the public to develop a successful program.”
The hearings begin on Thursday, Aug. 25, and conclude on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Members of the public who wish to speak at the hearings can register online starting today at mta.info/CBDTP. The hearings will be accessible online at mta.info/CBDTP at these dates and times:
• Thursday, Aug. 25, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 28, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Monday, Aug. 29, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesday, Aug. 30, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Wednesday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In addition to the hearings, there are many ways the public can make their voices heard. Beginning on Aug. 10, the agencies will collect public feedback on the Environmental Assessment online as well as via email, mail, telephone voicemail and fax.
Mail: CBD Tolling Program, 2 Broadway, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10004
Fax: Send to (212) 504-3148 with Attention to CBDTP Team.
Comments may also be provided to FHWA.
Mail: FHWA – NY Division, RE: CBDTP, Leo W. O’Brien Federal Building, 11A Clinton Ave, Suite 719, Albany, NY 12207
Comments received will be considered and become part of the administrative record. Each public hearing will be livestreamed on the MTA YouTube channel at YouTube.com/MTAInfo and on the project website: mta.info/CBDTP. Anyone from any area can participate in any hearing. Speakers will be provided three minutes to speak, and anyone wishing to speak at the hearings will have an opportunity to do so. It is requested, but not required, that those wishing to speak sign up by 7:00 p.m. the previous day at mta.info/CBDTP or by calling the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777.
The Central Business District Tolling Program was authorized by the State of New York in April 2019 and modeled on urban congestion pricing programs around the world to reduce traffic congestion and raise needed revenue to improve public transportation. Other cities across the world that have similar programs have also experienced improved air quality. If approved by FHWA, the CBDTP would be the first such program in the United States.
Requesting Language Services Can Be Done Online or By Phone
At the public hearings, CART Captioning and American Sign Language services will be available. Members of the public who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred relay service or the free 711 relay service, and then ask to be connected to the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777 to speak with an agent.
Members of the public who are blind or have low vision may submit an accommodation request online at mta.info/CBDTP or call the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777. Please send the request at least five business days prior to the scheduled hearing.
Members of the public who do not have access to a computer or who do not have access to the Internet may listen to the hearings by calling 1-888-788-0099 (toll-free) then entering Webinar ID 826 0673 8045, followed by the pound (#) sign, followed again by the pound (#) sign.
If language assistance or any other accommodation is required, please submit a request at least five business days before the scheduled hearing date in one of the following ways: online at mta.info/CBDTP, by calling the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777, or by sending a letter to MTA Government & Community Relations, Re: MTA CBDTP Public Hearings, 2 Broadway, B20.81, New York, NY 10004. For those who make a timely request for language assistance, the MTA will provide interpretation or translation.