Robots Against Congestion Pricing
A Streetsblog reader on the Upper West Side of Manhattan tells us that he just received an anti-congestion pricing robo-call on his home phone. No word on whose voice was being used, who is funding it, or what districts are being called. This much we know:
I just received an automated call opposing congestion pricing.
I wasn’t able to record or write down the message (I was in the middle of another call), but the gist was that the money from congestion pricing would go to the MTA, and "you know how trustworthy they are" (paraphrase from call). The script also cited the recent decision by the MTA to pull back on the $30 million in improvements that were promised with the fare hike as evidence that we shouldn’t trust the MTA and, therefore, congestion pricing.
The call concluded by urging calls to "your Council member" to vote against congestion pricing. I did call my Council member in response, but urged her to vote FOR congestion pricing.
If you are the recipient of one of these automated calls, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and give us whatever additional details you happen to catch.