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New York moved closer to formalizing a congestion pricing plan for Manhattan, as the leader of the State Assembly indicated on Monday that his members were “ready to go forward.”CreditCreditDave Sanders for The New York Times

ALBANY — After years of hesitation, New York is poised to become the first city in the United States to introduce congestion pricing, which would put new electronic tolls in place for drivers entering the busiest stretches of Manhattan.

Though state leaders have not ironed out details, they had reached consensus on Monday that the plan was necessary to help pay for much-needed repairs to the city’s beleaguered subway system.

The proceeds from congestion pricing are expected to...

March 7, 2019

Worsening traffic in Beijing, China, leads to discussions of congestion charging policies. But what do the people think? Photo by Shiyang Huang/Flickr

Beijing is one of most congested cities in the world, with over 6 million cars on its roads. In 2017, drivers spent on average just under three hours in traffic each weekday. Data from the navigation app AutoNavi shows Beijing commuters lost an average of 1,075 yuan($159) per month due to congestion in 2017, accounting for 13 percent of the average monthly wage.

As part of an effort to reverse the tide of worsening traffic, Beijing has turned to economic incentives. In December 2010, the city announced 28 measures to improve conditions, including co...

January 16, 2019

Dockless bike sharing has taken off in China, but not without criticism. What will the future hold? Photo by Talia Rubnitz/WRI

Just three years ago, dockless bike sharing was operating at a small, university-scale in China. By the end of 2017, there were more than 20 million dockless bikes in the country, generating more than $3 billion in investment. Xinhua, the state-run press agency, ranked dockless bike sharing among China’s great inventions of modern times.

While at first the dockless wave was welcomed and embraced by residents, its novelty has worn off. Dockless bikes are losing their original intent of making mobility convenient. Instead, with the oversaturation of many cities, they are imp...

May 24, 2018

Source: Tri-State Transportation Campaign

In October 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo convened the Fix NYC advisory panel to find solutions to the twin crises of New York City’s mass transit meltdown and gridlock in Manhattan. In January, the Fix NYC panel released its recommendations, including a proposal for congestion pricing, which would help raise billions of dollars for public transit improvements as well as relieve traffic congestion and improve air quality throughout the region.

To shed some light on this important policy issue, Tri-State Transportation Campaign has updated its congestion pricing district-level analysis of New York State legislative districts in the region served by the MTA. In...

WRI China Sustainable Cities and Transport Program Director Daizong Liu presents at the training in Beijing. Photo by Shiyong Qiu/WRI

BEIJING, CHINA (April 13, 2018) – In 2015, more than half of the Chinese population was exposed to unhealthy air, and around1 million premature deaths were attributed to outdoor pollution. A key contributor to harmful air pollution is the transport sector. In some Chinese cities, motor vehicles are the primary sources of fine particle pollution, accounting for 20-40 percent.

In April 2018, WRI China organized a training on urban transport emissions reduction in Beijing. The training consisted of four sections: transport emissions reduction strategies,...

March 29, 2018

New Yorkers haven’t come around on the idea of congestion pricing despite support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, advocates and transit experts in the city, according to a new poll out Thursday. 

Fifty-two percent of New York City voters oppose the idea of a congestion pricing plan to charge motorists for driving into Manhattan as a way to fund mass transit, according to the poll from Quinnipiac University Poll, which surveyed 955 city voters.

Meanwhile, 75 percent of those polled support Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed millionaire’s tax to fund the MTA — a plan widely considered politically dead among state lawmakers who would have to enact it.

“The commuters who make less than $1 million dollars feel lik...

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