Reinvent Albany Joins Groups Concerned that $10B in Federal Transit Funds Potentially at Risk Due to Congestion Pricing Delay


Reinvent Albany joined Regional Plan Association and other environmental, transit, good government, and community-based organizations worried that a delay will have significant impacts on the MTA’s current and future capital programs.

June 18, 2024

Re: $10B Billion in Federal Transit Funds Potentially at Risk Due to Congestion Pricing Delay

Chair and CEO Janno Lieber
MTA Headquarters
2 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

Acting Administrator Veronica Vanterpool
Federal Transit Administration, East Building
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

Dear Chair Lieber and Acting Administrator Vanterpool:

Thank you for your strong support of public transit investment in the New York City metropolitan area. We write today as a unified group of environmental, transit, good government, and community-based organizations that have long supported a congestion pricing program for New York City. After five years of study and analysis, the program was intended to start at the end of this month, generating $15 billion for public transit investment over five years. 100% of the revenues were to be dedicated to the MTA capital program. In addition to the significant economic benefits of the MTA and the projects that would come from congestion pricing, benefits of the program include improved air quality and a reduction in traffic that clogs our Central Business District.

Analyzing the 2023-2026 State Transportation Improvement Program, our groups find $9.9 billion allocated from the Federal Transit Administration currently listed in the MTA region. Attached is a list showing 95 projects that are currently listed in the 2023-2026 State Transportation Improvement Program with federal funding, and, for which the MTA and/or its properties, is listed as the responsible agency. As stated, the federal funding for these projects totals nearly $10 billion. The state contribution is $14.7 billion. We write to ask how much of this is at risk with the congestion pricing delay.

We were deeply dismayed when the congestion pricing program was put on pause by Governor Hochul, and we worry that a delay will have significant, long-term impacts on the MTA’s ability to pay for its current capital program and jeopardize future capital programs.

The Governor has not canceled the congestion pricing program altogether. Rather she has put the program on ​“pause.” We remain hopeful it will begin at some point later this year, however, there is no information about the Governor’s intentions.

As such, should congestion pricing implementation be delayed past this year, we write to request information from the Federal Transit Administration and MTA about which projects would be impacted and the level of those impacts.

Thank you for providing any information and other information you might be able to provide about the impact of this decision.


Kate Slevin, Executive Vice President, Regional Plan Association
Julie Tighe, President, New York League of Conservation Voters
Jon Orcutt, Advocacy Director, Bike New York
John Kaehny, Executive Director, Reinvent Albany
Jaqi Cohen, Director of Climate and Equity Policy, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
Sara Lind, Co-Executive Director, Open Plans
Eric Mcclure, Executive Director, StreetsPac
Andy Darrell, Senior Advisor, Environmental Defense Fund
Christina Furlong, Founding Member & Advocate, Make Queens Safer
Betsy Plum, Executive Director, Riders Alliance
Jessica Murray, Organizer, Rise & Resist Elevator Action Group
Brian Donahue, Senior Government Affairs Manager, American Institute of Architects, New York
Jessica Ottney Mahar, New York Policy & Strategy Director, The Nature Conservancy
Samara Karasyk, President & CEO, Hudson Square BID
James Whelan, President, Real Estate Board of New York
Kevin Garcia, Senior Transportation Planner, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance
Christopher Schuyler, Managing Attorney, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
Alex Matthiessen, Director, Move NY
Carlo Scissura, President, New York Building Congress
Elizabeth Adams, Co-Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives

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