NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK — This week, 56 different federal, state, and local leaders, state and local chambers of commerce, transportation and agricultural organizations, and tourism and transportation companies came together to express deep concerns to New York’s Traffic Mobility Review Board and stand up against the proposed Congestion Tax.
New York and the MTA’s Congestion Tax could go into effect as early as 2023 and would cost drivers up to $23 dollars a day — more than $5,000 a year — to drive south of 60th Street.
The coalition of businesses, associations, and elected officials include the following:
U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5)
U.S. Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11)
NJ State Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr.
NJ State Senator Joe Lagana
NJ Assemblywoman Lisa Swain
NJ Assemblyman Chris Tully
Bergen County Executive James Tedesco III
Borough of Hillsdale Mayor John J. Ruocco
Borough of Lodi Mayor Scott A. Luna
Borough of Oradell Mayor Dianne Camelo Didio
Borough of River Edge Mayor Thomas Papaleo
Hampton Township Mayor Timothy Dooley
Town of Newton Mayor Jason Schlaffer
Westwood Governing Body Mayor Ray Arroyo
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
American Trucking Associations
Trucking Association of New York
Motor Truck Association of Connecticut
New Jersey Motor Truck Association
New York Metropolitan Trucking Association
Greater NJ Motorcoach Association
Limo Association of New York
National Limousine Association
New York State Movers & Warehousemen’s Association
New Jersey Warehousemen & Movers Association
New York State Builders Association
National Waste & Recycling Association
ATA Moving & Storage Conference
New York Farm Bureau
New York State Vegetable Growers Association
Northeast Dairy Producers Association
NFIB New York
NJ Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc.
Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce
Midland Park Chamber of Commerce
Washington Business Improvement District
ABC Bus Company
ABC Empire State Chapter
American Limousine LLC DBA FMA Worldwide
David Thomas Trailways
DeCamp Bus Lines
Europe Limousine Service Inc.
JC Tours Inc.
Klein’s Bus Service, Inc.
Leros Point to Point
London Towncars, Inc.
Panorama Tours, Inc.
Safety Bus Service, Inc.
Stout’s Charter Service.
“We are a coalition of businesses, associations, and elected officials who are deeply concerned about the Central Business District (CBD) Tolling Program,” the 56 different businesses, associations, and elected officials wrote in a letter this week to New York’s Traffic Mobility Review Board. “We all have different concerns about precisely how our industries and constituents will be affected by the new Congestion Tax, expected to be up to $23 dollars a day for commuters and potentially much higher for commercial traffic. Beyond affecting drivers and the transportation industry, this new toll will increase labor costs for employers and the price of goods and services for residents of the CBD.”
Full text of the letter can be found here.