New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to raise fares to fix the aging infrastructure on the Metropolitan Transit Authority subway train system. Gov. Cuomo urged state legislators to add congestion pricing to the MTA in order to avoid a 30 percent fare hike that could push subway fares near the $4 mark.
Gov. Cuomo outlined the proposed changes in his 2020 executive state budget proposal. “The MTA has been plagued by organizational dysfunction and disinvestment for decades, and we need better management and more money to turn it around,” Governor Cuomo said. “Congestion pricing is the only logical and realistic option to fund the MTA’s capital needs and one person must have the authority to make decisions, hire and fire, and reorganize. Let the Legislature cast their vote on the real choice – congestion pricing or 30 percent fare and toll increases. It’s A or B because there is no C. If the public understands the critical choice their elected officials are making, congestion pricing will prevail.”