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Can You Put a Price on Congestion in Boston?

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Date and time
Monday, June 10, 2024
Lunch is not provided but the Newsfeed Café will be open.
Livestreamed on YouTube

Excess traffic is bad for residents, businesses, and visitors – while the city’s extensive transit network needs investment. Sound familiar?

After years of advocacy and planning, the Board of NYC's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) recently approved the city's congestion pricing program to start June 30, 2024. With approximately 60% of 25,000 public comments showing support for the policy, the New York region looked ready for change. But on June 6, 2024, NewYork Governor Kathy Hochul has decided to shelve the plan indefinitely.

Should we consider congestion pricing in Massachusetts? What can we learn from New York? Is this an opportunity to spur investment in transit, put Massachusetts back on track to meet our climate goals, and create a more equitable region? How will Massachusetts be able to deal with any adverse impacts other cities have encountered?

Christian MilNeil has been the editor-in-chief of StreetsblogMASS since its launch in 2019, and was previously a data reporter for the Portland Press Herald in Maine.
Taylor Dolven
Taylor Dolven is a reporter at The Boston Globe where she focuses on transportation and its intersection with climate change and economic inequality.
John Surico
John Surico is a freelance journalist who has contributed to The New York Times, Bloomberg CityLab, and New York Magazine's Curbed. He teaches undergraduate reporting on cities at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and serves as the Senior Fellow for Climate and Opportunity at the Center for an Urban Future.
Reggie Ramos is the Executive Director of Transportation for Massachusetts, a coalition of community based and non-profit organizations advocating for just and equitable transportation across the Commonwealth.

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