Staten Island sues MTA over congestion tolling

The lawsuit comes just days after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy started a lawsuit against the federal highway administration saying the plan was misguided and violates environmental regulations.

News 12 Staff

Jul 23, 2023, 5:39 PM

Updated 307 days ago

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Staten Island is bringing a lawsuit against the MTA over congestion tolling.
Borough President Vito Fossella made the announcement on Sunday morning and named several reasons for the lawsuit. He said that no subway lines connect to the other boroughs and people already must pay tolls to cross the Verrazano Bridge.
He cited a study from the federal government indicating that air quality on Staten Island would worsen under congestion tolling. He also stated that Staten Island has been left out of MTA capital projects.
The lawsuit comes just days after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy started a lawsuit against the federal highway administration saying the plan was misguided and violates environmental regulations.
The congestion tolling plan would charge drivers up to $23 for driving below 60th Street in Manhattan. Fossella says his constituents would be hit hard by the plan.
“Whoever supports [congestion pricing] should come here…and say, 'I'm sorry Staten Island. We're going to make it worse for you for the greater good' or whatever their reasoning is. That's what they're saying, and it's wrong,” he said.
News 12 reached out to Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office, who referred to comments she made last week in regard to the New Jersey lawsuit.
The comment stated in part, “Congestion pricing is going to happen. It has gone through a long process of review at the federal level. The environmentals have already been studied. That's why it was delayed another year last year. The State of New York is committed. The reasons are simple. We have to make sure that we have the resources, the funding mechanism, to ensure that we can continue the capital investments that have not been there in the past.”


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