Press Release - FIX NYC, March 2018

ACEC New York Supports the Fix NYC Proposal

NEW YORK, March 12, 2018 -- The American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) supports the Fix NYC proposal. Designed to relieve congestion in New York City, this plan is forward looking and will produce an immediate economic benefit to the City, while supporting its projected long-term growth.

By introducing market-driven pricing for the most congested areas of the city while lowering tolls elsewhere, $1.5 billion a year can be raised to fund transportation and transit projects in New York.  The funds generated will be used to maintain, improve and build new transportation systems, which in turn will increase ridership.  Less traffic translates into reduced emissions that are harmful to humans.  This plan will also enhance economic activity in New York City. Expanded transit services will facilitate commuting as well as trips to Manhattan for recreation and shopping.  In addition, the plan has the potential to create approximately 35,000 annual recurring jobs that would stimulate all sectors of the state’s economy.

“New York City public transportation is in dire need of immediate attention,” said Jay Simson, ACEC New York President. “Traffic throughout the city costs the region $20 billion a year in lost economic productivity and causes significant safety concerns for emergency responders. We are counting on the governor and legislature to pass a comprehensive congestion pricing plan, which, in our view, is the only way to fix this transportation crisis. Earlier this year, the Fix NYC panel issued a robust and smart proposal, which we strongly support. New Yorkers can’t wait any longer; we need bold action and leadership to enact the Fix NYC plan into law.”

Founded in 1921, ACEC New York represents over 270 member firms throughout New York State that collectively employ close to 25,000 people, with a concentrated presence of firms located in New York City, whose members engage in every discipline of engineering related to the built environment including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, environmental, and geotechnical fields.

For more information on ACEC New York and its policy and legislative priorities, please visit www.acecny.org.

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