Most New Yorkers would switch to public transit under charges similar to congestion pricing to get to Manhattan: poll

According to a new poll, nearly half of New Yorkers would drive less in Manhattan and nearly two-thirds would opt for public transit if authorities introduced a new fee for driving to the borough.

Some 42% of New Yorkers said they would drive less and 64% would switch to subways and buses if the government started imposing tolls on motorists, respondents said in a joint survey by NY1/Siena College Poll released on Tuesday.

The MTA plans to institute just such a toll to get to Manhattan’s business district below 61st Street through its Central Business District toll program — also known as congestion pricing — and a public transport advocate said poll data shows the scheme would have the desired effect of getting people out of polluting cars and using public transport.

“That’s the goal,” said Lisa Daglian, executive director of the MTA’s Permanent Citizens’ Advisory Council, an internal group of cyclist representatives.

“Congestion pricing has two purposes: to reduce driving and increase public transit funding, and if that’s the result of congestion pricing, and if those numbers reflect the actual results, then congestion pricing congestion will do its job,” Daglian added.

“When this starts to hit people in their pocketbooks, we’ll probably see those numbers go up,” she said.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to generate about $1 billion in new annual revenue from tolling and borrow $15 billion of that revenue stream to fund its five-year capital plan.

The agency plans to launch the toll next year, but has gone through a period long list of technical questions from the federal governmentwhich has delayed progress.

The majority of New Yorkers, 52%, do not own a car, and more funding for public transit would be a boon for blue-collar workers, as high earners were more likely to own a vehicle than their means and low-income counterparts.

Two-thirds of people (66%) earning more than $100,000 a year said they have a car, compared to 52% of those earning between $50,000 and $100,000 and only 26% of New Yorkers earning less than $50. $000.

The new data is based on a survey conducted between May 22 and June 1 and pollsters contacted 1,000 New York residents.

The responses reveal more information about people returning to public transit and in-person work.

The majority of respondents, 51%, said they had not taken the metro at all in the past week, while 19% took the train between one and three times and 28% took it more than three times. time.

According recent counts by the MTAweekday subway ridership generally remained below 60% of pre-pandemic levels, with days in the middle of the work week generally seeing higher returns than Monday and Friday.

Meanwhile, car traffic on MTA bridges and tunnels has returned to 2019 levels, and sometimes even above.

When asked how many days New Yorkers would like to work from home out of five days, nearly a third (32%) said every day, while 19% said three days and 16% said two. , according to the survey.

Although New Yorkers like to complain about the poor health of public transit in the Big Apple, 69% of respondents say they are either very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the quality of public transit.

Adding metal detectors to subway entrances was well polled with 63% supporting, compared to 34% against, and 85% wanted more NYPD cops on trains while 14% opposed such a move.

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