Four Hybrid Virtual/In Person Public Ratemaking Hearings Will Be Held Starting Feb. 29
Public Encouraged to Visit Webpage to Learn How to Comment, Watch Hearings, and/or Register to Speak
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today reminded the public of the upcoming four hybrid virtual/in-person public ratemaking hearings in February and March on the proposed tolling structure of congestion pricing for the Central Business District, modeled on recommendations made by the Traffic Mobility Review Board on Nov. 30.
The public comment period began Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023 and continues through Monday, March 11, 2024. Comments can be submitted online, by email, mail, fax, and audio comments via voicemail message. All comments are afforded equal weight and will be recorded and submitted for review.
The hybrid ratemaking hearings combined with multiple written platforms are designed to expand the opportunity to hear from people from all across the region.
The ratemaking hearings will take place at the following dates and times, and are accessible online at mta.info/CBDTP:
- Thursday, Feb. 29, at 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Friday, March 1, at 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Monday, March 4, at 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Monday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Each public hearing will be livestreamed on the MTA YouTube channel at MTA Live - YouTube and on the project website: mta.info/CBDTP.
Members of the public who wish to speak at the hearings are required to register in advance online, by calling the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777, or in person. Registration will open one week before the start time of each hearing and will close 30 minutes after the beginning of the hearing. Speakers will be provided two minutes to speak. The hearings will be hosted in person at 2 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 in the William J. Ronan 20th Floor Board Room. People may also register to participate remotely via Zoom or telephone.
American Sign Language and CART Captioning Services will be available. For more information, see here.
Following the public comment period, the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (popularly known as MTA Bridges and Tunnels) will review the public comments. Then its Board, which is coterminous with the MTA Board, will consider adopting a ratemaking regulation that includes any updates to the proposed tolling structure for congestion pricing that may follow the public comment period.
As with any proposed toll ratemaking, this public comment period is being conducted in accordance with the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA).