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Debates of the Century @ NYU Wagner: Congestion Pricing

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The Puck Building

295 Lafayette Street

Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Floor

New York, New York 10012

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Doors Open – 6:00pm

Debate Begins – 6:30pm

Debate Ends – 8:00pm

The Century Foundation and NYU Wagner are proud to present Debates of the Century @NYU Wagner, a public debate series showcasing thoughtful, informed dialogue from leading experts.

“New York should implement congestion pricing”

Traffic gridlock and an ailing subway system define New York City’s struggle with overcrowding and a deteriorating transit infrastructure. As these challenges near crisis level, congestion pricing is increasingly touted as a viable solution, gaining support from advocates, city officials, and, most recently, the governor.

The concept, which has been proposed since the 1970s, seems simple on its surface: Drivers would pay a surcharge to enter certain heavily trafficked zones, like midtown Manhattan, during peak times of day. The revenue generated would in turn support infrastructure repairs and transit upgrades. London, Stockholm, Milan, and other cities around the world have all experienced success with this policy—can New York City achieve the same results?

Join The Century Foundation (TCF) and NYU Wagner on February 26, from 6:30–8:00 pm, for a debate on whether New York City should implement congestion pricing to tackle the mounting challenges facing its residents. Can the policy generate the revenue forecasted and simultaneously improve our city’s streets, environment, and economy? Or is congestion pricing not as perfect as it seems, with its impacts unfairly burdening low-income, outer borough residents, and small businesses?

Featuring:

  • For the motion:
    Nicole Gelinas
    Senior fellow on urban economics and finance, Manhattan Institute

  • Against the motion:
    Richard Brodsky
    Former assembly member & adjunct faculty at NYU Wagner

  • Moderator:
    Polly Trottenberg
    Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation

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Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Floor

New York, New York 10012

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