Free Trade for All

A group called the Nurture Nature Foundation, founded by New York labor lawyer Ted Kheel, will soon release a study showing how New York's subways and buses could be free. The tradeoff would make auto trips into central Manhattan much more expensive. Under his proposal, the city would levy a $16 tax to enter the city's Central Business District, higher parking fees in the central city, and a taxi surcharge. Kheel believes that increasing the cost of driving in the central city would decrease traffic by a third or more and produce $2 billion in benefits from pollution reductions and other savings. New York City Mayor’s congestion pricing plan, in contrast, would charge lower fees--between four and eight dollars; an alternative proposal currently under discussion would charge commuters $8 round-trip tolls on some city bridges. Kheel says congestion pricing is a good start; but without mass transit, he believes, it won't work. His preliminary study suggests that subway and commuter rail trips would increase by 20 percent under his proposal.


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  • Accession Number: 01091769
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  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 2 2008 12:34PM