Förhandlingarna om fortsatta förberedelser för trängselavgifter på Manhattan har nu fått okej.
Det handlar om en "congestion pricing commission" bestående av 17 representanter från olika berörda delar i och omkring Manhattan.
Mayor Bloomberg säger så här i sitt pressmeddelande:
"This agreement makes clear that delay was
unacceptable and the need to protect our environment and fight
congestion simply could not wait. We will begin immediately to prepare
for the installation of needed equipment to make our traffic plan a
This agreement is a victory for the broad
coalition of environmental and environmental justice groups, transit
and public health advocates, organized labor and civic leaders who
worked tirelessly for years to make real and important progress for our
environment and our mass transit system."
Det låter åter positivt, men det lär finnas ytterligare slipstenar att dras i olika sammanhang innan allt verkligen faller på plats.
Så här ser, enligt Streetsblog, den förväntade tidtabellen ut för genomförandet:
In the next two weeks: The state legislature votes
on the "deal" and it is signed by the governor. This must happen soon
since the commission is slated to start work.
By August 1, 2007:
A 17-member Commission appointed by the Governor, Mayor, State Senate,
Assembly and City Council are presented with the mayor’s plan. They may
hold hearings or consider a wide variety of options before producing an
"Implementation Plan." The Implementation Plan doesn’t necessarily have
to include congestion pricing but must come up with some way to reduce
average vehicle miles traveled by 6.3%, as promised to the US Dept. of
August 8, 2007: US DOT
announces the recipients of $1.2 billion in federal grants. If New York
does not receive at least $200 million, the deal is off.
By October 1, 2007:
The US DOT must have committed at least $200 million to the
Implementation Plan. Likewise, the MTA must explain to the Commission
the impacts of the Implementation Plan on its budget and operations by
By December 31, 2007: The City
or US DOT have to have committed at least $250 million or the deal is
off. (The US DOT is being asked to give New York the money before the
commission produces it’s implementation plan.)
By January 31, 2008: The
Commission must votes on an Implementation Plan. The Implementation
Plan is supposed to be the consensus document underlying all
legislation. As noted above, the Plan must reduce traffic as much as
the mayor’s plan.
By March 28, 2008:
The City Council must vote to approve the "Implementation Plan," send a
home rule message to the state legislature. A home rule message is a
request from a city or town council to the state legislature asking
them to vote on legislation affecting only that town or city.
By March 31, 2008:
The MTA must have submitted a capital program for the period covering
July 1, 2008 through December 31, 2013, an 18-month acceleration of the
typical MTA capital program process. Likewise, the New York State
Assembly and Senate must vote on the Implementation Plan by March 31,
On June 30, 2012: The legislation will expire.