Debates of the Century @NYU Wagner: Congestion Pricing

Presented by NYU Wagner and The Century Foundation

6:30pm - 8:00pm
February 26, 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Puck Building - 295 Lafayette Street, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012

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 City 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?

  • 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

Doors will open at 6:00pm and the event will begin at 6:30pm.


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Debates of the Century @ NYU Wagner: Congestion Pricing