Bloomberg does the hard sell

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Mayor Bloomberg of New York is doing the hard sell to get congestion pricing approved, along with some help from FHWA (Mary Peters) Urban Partnership Agreement. The Selling of Congestion Pricing -

Everyone thinks the losers will be commuters priced off the roads. But consider the poor parking garage owner, who will now have to lower their rates to attract back customers. I wouldn't be surprised to see parking prices drop almost as much as congestion charges rise, meaning only "through trips" (New Jersey to Brooklyn, Queens, or the rest of Long Island) would be truly priced off the road.

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's June 8, 2007 joint announcement with US Department of Transportation Secretary, Mary Peters plan for Congestion Pricing in NYC has generated lots of discussion, but it is important to recognize the Congestion Pricing plan is only one prong of the US DOT national strategy to reduce congestion.
The national strategy, dubbed Fight Gridlock Now, has its roots in the 2005 Transportation legislation SAFETEA-LU, which in many ways pushes this country toward privatizing our transportation infrastructure.
The six major components of Fight Gridlock Now are: (1) Urban Partnership Agreements (including congestion pricing); (2) Public Private Partnerships; (3) Corridors of the Future (the Trans Texas Corridor-69 is a finalist); (4) Reducing Southern California Freight Congestion; (5) Reducing Border Congestion; and (6) Increasing Aviation Capacity.
While fighting congestion sounds like a noble goal, the real agendas beneath this smoke and mirrors appear to be suspect, the privatizing or corporatizing of government infrastructure.
DOT Secretary Mary Peters will soon have David James Gribbin, IV as her DOT General Counsel. Gribbin is a recent director for the US branch of Macquarie, the biggest purchaser of government infrastructure in the world. Peters and Gribbin are long time allies and both are big proponents of public private partnerships.
For an overview of the DOT strategy see...

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