Daily News Briefs, July 21, 2021

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NYC Mayor Continues To Press For Manhattan Congestion Pricing

Silive.com reports, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) “continued to call on state officials [yesterday] to move forward with the implementation of congestion pricing in lower Manhattan.” During his remarks to reporters, the mayor displayed a large facsimile of a $15 billion check representing the estimated amount of new revenue MTA could obtain through the toll program. “Imagine what $15 billion could do for your daily commute on the subway. Any problem the MTA says they have could be addressed with this,” he said. De Blasio would not comment on proposed federal legislation that would exempt Staten Islanders from paying a congestion charge after paying a Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge toll, but indicated he favors mitigating the program’s negative impacts.

The New York Times reports, MTA officials have decided not to pursue a proposed four percent increase in transit fares. “It’s the board’s unanimous recognition that many of our customers are suffering the aftereffects of the pandemic,” MTA chair and CEO Patrick Foye told the newspaper. The agency also recognizes that increasing fares would undermine its effort to lure back transit customers.

Congestion Pricing Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York New York City

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MTA Diversity Chief Wins Recognition

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that its chief diversity officer, Michael Garner, was named top diversity and inclusion officer by Crain’s New York Business. In an MTA news release, chairman and CEO Patrick Foye noted that since Garner  joined the authority ten years ago, “MTA has outperformed every agency in New York by awarding billions of dollars to MWBEs, representing nearly 30% of the MTA’s contracts. I am thrilled to see Michael and his team receive the recognition they deserve for their work to improve access and opportunities to these companies.”

Contractor, Executive and Employee Diversity Industry Awards & Recognitions Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York New York City

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ARTBA Recognizes P3 "Models of Excellence"

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced that Chris Hawkins of Omaha-based Hawkins Construction, Mayer Brown Partner Mitch Holzrichter, the Sepulveda Transit Corridor in Los Angeles and the University of California-Merced were “recognized as models of excellence in innovative transportation leadership and finance” at ARTBA’s recent Public Private Partnerships (P3s) in Transportation Conference.

American Road & Transportation Builders Assoc. (ARTBA) Industry Awards & Recognitions P3 & Privatization

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These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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