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Public Meetings

Updated Sep 21, 2021

Public meetings will 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

There will be 10 virtual meetings. These meetings are designed to make it easy for those who want to offer public comment and for those who simply want to watch. Each meeting will focus on a different geographic area, though anyone from any area can participate in any meeting that works for them. Those without sufficient internet access can participate by phone.

Participants will be required to sign-up to speak. Those who prefer to sign-up by phone may do so by calling the Public Meeting Hotline at (646) 252-6777. 

Only those who want to speak are required to sign-up.

Speakers will have up to two minutes to comment.

Those who sign-up to speak, or simply want to watch, can join the meeting, or meetings, by:

PC/Tablet/Smartphone: https://mta.zoom.us/j/82606738045

Webinar ID: 826 0673 8045

Phone: Dial-in: +1 888 788 0099 (Toll Free)Webinar ID: 826 0673 8045 # then #

The meetings will also be livestreamed at https://new.mta.info/project/CBDTP 

Those who don't wish to speak in the meetings but want to leave comments can do so by: 

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

Public Meeting Dates

Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island

Thursday, September 23, 10 a.m.-noon (click here to view meeting - link will be active on 9/23/21)

This meeting already has a high number of people who have signed up to comment. If you live outside the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, while you are more than welcome to join and comment, you might prefer signing up for one of the other scheduled meetings.

Sign-up to speak or request services

 

Manhattan CBD (60th Street and below)

Thursday, September 23, 6-8 p.m. (click here to view meeting - link will be active on 9/23/21)

This meeting already has a high number of people who have signed up to comment. If you live outside the CBD, while you are more than welcome to join and comment, you might prefer signing up for one of the other scheduled meetings.

Sign-up to speak or request services

 

New Jersey

Friday, September 24, 10 a.m.-noon

Sign-up to speak or request services

 

Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester Counties

Wednesday, September 29, 10 a.m.-noon

Sign-up to speak or request services

 

Long Island

Wednesday, September 29, 6-8 p.m.

Sign-up to speak or request services

 

Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island

Thursday, September 30, 6-8 p.m.

Sign-up to speak or request services

 

Connecticut

Friday, October 1, 1-3 p.m.

Sign-up to speak or request services

 

New Jersey

Monday, October 4, 6-8 p.m.

Sign-up to speak or request services

 

Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester Counties

Tuesday, October 5, 6-8 p.m.

Sign-up to speak or request services

 

Manhattan Outside CBD (61st Street and above)

Wednesday, October 6, 6-8 p.m.

Sign-up to speak or request services

 

Other ways to comment:

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

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 will conduct public outreach activities throughout the environmental review process 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. 

You may express interest in joining or suggest someone else for the Environmental Justice Stakeholder Working Group by clicking here.

Upcoming public meetings will 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.


Three virtual meetings will be held, one each for relevant counties in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, though anyone may attend any or all of these.

These virtual meetings are designed for the convenience of those who may want to offer public comment and for those who simply want to observe. 

Those who prefer to participate by phone may do so. Only those who want to offer public comment and speak at any of the scheduled virtual meetings are required to speak. Speakers will have up to two minutes to comment.

Please see below for sign-up information.

New York

Thursday, October 7, 6-8 p.m.

Sign-up to speak or request services

 

New Jersey

Tuesday, October 12, 6-8 p.m.

Sign-up to speak or request services

 

Connecticut

Wednesday, October 13, 6-8 p.m.

Sign-up to speak or request services

 

Those who prefer to sign-up by phone may do so by calling the Public Meeting Hotline at (646) 252-6777. 

Those who sign-up to speak, or simply want to watch, can join the meeting, or meetings, by:

PC/Tablet/Smartphone: https://mta.zoom.us/j/82606738045

Webinar ID: 826 0673 8045

Phone: Dial-in: +1 888 788 0099 (Toll Free)Webinar ID: 826 0673 8045 # then #

The meetings will also be livestreamed at https://new.mta.info/project/CBDTP 

Residents in EJ communities may also participate in any of the 10 virtual public meetings pertaining to the federal Environmental Assessment process.

For more information on all these meetings, the Project, or to leave comments, please use the following:

Project website: https://new.mta.info/project/CBDTP

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

 

Accessibility and Language Assistance Services

At the 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.

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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