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Public Meetings

Updated Dec 10, 2021

We have held 19 outreach sessions on the Central Business District Tolling Program to date.

Public meetings provide opportunities to:

  • Get information about the Central Business District Tolling Program (CBDTP), and provide comments, input, and concerns ahead of the release of the Environmental Assessment (EA)
  • Learn about the EA being conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to evaluate the effects of the CBDTP.

Regional Public Meetings To Date:

Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island

Thursday, September 23, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Thursday, September 30, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Manhattan CBD (60th Street and below)

Thursday, September 23, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

New Jersey

Friday, September 24, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Monday, October 4, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester Counties

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Long Island

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Connecticut

Friday, October 1, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Manhattan Outside CBD (61st Street and above)

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Public Information Outreach Meetings for Environmental Justice Communities

Federal agencies, including the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), are required to consider whether their proposed actions would result in disproportionately high and adverse effects on minority and/or low-income populations (also known as environmental justice populations) and, if any, to address as appropriate. This includes providing opportunities for full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities.

The United States Department of Transportation and FHWA essentially define minority and low-income individuals and populations for this purpose as follows:

  • Minority: a person who is Black, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Low-Income: a person whose median household income is at or below the United States Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines
  • Population: any readily identifiable group of minority and/or low-income persons who live in geographic proximity, and, if circumstances warrant, geographically dispersed/transient persons of those groups who will be similarly affected

The New York Metropolitan region is home to a diverse population and includes many communities and neighborhoods where minority and low-income populations live and work. The study area for the Central Business District Tolling Program (CBDTP, the Project) includes New York City; Long Island; counties north of New York City; portions of southern Connecticut; and portions of northern and central New Jersey.

  • 52% of the study area identify themselves as non-White
  • 15% identify themselves as African-American
  • 10% identify themselves as Asian
  • 23% identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino
  • 13% of the study area are low-income

The Project Sponsors have begun public outreach activities throughout the environmental review communities for the Project. These activities are designed to include coordination with elected officials and community leaders; environmental justice (EJ) webinar-style community meetings; and establishment of a CBDTP Technical Advisory Group and an Environmental Justice Stakeholder Working Group.

The purpose of the Environmental Justice Stakeholder Working Group is to provide a forum for people within the EJ communities who would like to share concerns and ideas, or want to know more about particular issues. The purpose of the CBDTP Technical Advisory Group is to help identify concerns of those in EJ communities, propose mitigation if needed, and help circulate information as widely as possible. 

Nine virtual meetings focusing on EJ communities have already been held, three each for relevant counties in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. 

 

Public meetings provide individuals and stakeholder groups with opportunities to:

  • Receive information about the proposed CBDTP and its potential positive and negative impacts on EJ communities
  • Comment on the proposed program
  • Learn about Environmental Justice Stakeholder Working Groups that will be created as part of the project and opportunities to directly serve/suggest other participants.

Environmental Justice Public Meetings To Date:

New York

Thursday, October 7, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

New Jersey

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Connecticut

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Thursday, October 28, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

Thursday, December 9, 2021 (click here to view meeting)

 

Additional ways to leave comments, please use the following:

Online: Submit a comment here 

Email: CBDTP@mtabt.org

Mail: CBD Tolling Program, 2 Broadway, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10004

Phone: 646-252-7440

Fax: 212-504-3148

Past meetings and video presentations explaining the project are posted around the clock in the Latest News section of our project website.

Accessibility and Language Assistance Services

At any of the project public meetings, CART Captioning and American Sign Language services will be available.

Members of the community who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred relay service or the free 711 relay service, and then ask to be connected to the Public Meeting Hotline at (646) 252-6777 to speak with an agent.

Members of the community who are blind or have low vision can request accommodations no later than five business days prior to each meeting.

  • To submit a request online, please navigate to the meeting date you'd like to attend and below the date will be a link in which you can either sign-up to speak or request services.
  • Requests may also be made by calling the Public Meeting Hotline at (646) 252-6777.

Members of the community who do not have access to a computer or who do not have access to the Internet can listen to each of the meetings by calling the Zoom meeting at 1-888-788-0099 (Toll Free). Then enter Webinar ID 826 0673 8045, followed by the pound (#) sign and then the pound (#) sign again.

If language assistance or any other accommodations are required, please submit a request at least five business days before the scheduled meeting date in one of the following ways:

  • To submit a request online, please navigate to the meeting date you'd like to attend and below the date will be a link in which you can either sign-up to speak or request services.
  • Calling the Public Meeting Hotline at (646) 252-6777
  • Sending a letter to MTA Government & Community Relations, Re: MTA CBDTP Public Meetings, 2 Broadway, D17.140, New York, NY 10004

For those who request language assistance in the given timeframe, the MTA will provide translated information.

Contact us

Online: Submit a comment here

Email: CBDTP@mtabt.org

Mail: CBD Tolling Program, 2 Broadway, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10004

Phone: 646-252-7440

Fax: 212-504-3148

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