Now is the Time to Focus on Congestion Pricing and Sustainable Funding for MTA
The State Assembly and Senate’s one-house budget proposals passed yesterday have largely rejected the Governor’s proposals on MTA governance, like MTA reorganization and the 6-person “expert panel”. Now is the time for the legislature to hone in on what should be the focus of the budget – the money needed from congestion pricing to ensure sustainable funding for the MTA.
Changes to the governance of the MTA should be made independently of the budget after full and thorough discussion by MTA stakeholders and the public. Among other items proposed by the Governor, we strongly oppose creation of a new 6-person “super-board” on top of the existing MTA board and believe it will make MTA less accountable.
Reinvent Albany has reviewed the various proposals from the Governor with the Executive Budget, as well as the one-house resolutions and bills from the Legislature, and is providing an analysis of the differences, as well as our positions on the proposals.