Testimony of Kate Slevin
My name is Kate Slevin and I am the executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a non-profit advocacy group working for a more equitable and environmentally-sound transportation system in
And perhaps most importantly, we will be giving up a more equitable transportation system. Lower income households and less likely to own a car and more likely to rely on public transit.
In other words, the data is clear. Congestion pricing is progressive policy.
The opponents of congestion pricing are stuck in the past. They are scared of change and maintaining the lack of environmental awareness indicative of the last century. The proponents are looking forward, to a greener, more livable, more sustainable society, where people can’t drive into the densest urban center in our country, polluting, congesting our collective environment, for free. Congestion pricing is a vital part of that future. If we fail on this, it will be a step backwards for
We strongly urge the Commission to support congestion pricing as part of its strategy to reduce traffic congestion and for our elected leaders to look to the future, not stay stuck in the past.