Judge Rejects Plaintiff Requests for an Additional Environmental Review on Congestion Pricing Program

Decisions were made by a New York federal judge to “overwhelmingly” reject “a central argument in lawsuits against congestion pricing tolls, giving proponents of the plan fresh optimism.” In the 113-page decision by U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Liman, arguments by plaintiffs requesting an additional environmental review were largely dismissed, the ruling stating that “transit officials conducted an ‘exhaustive review process’ that resulted in a ‘painstaking examination’ of congestion pricing and its environmental impacts” — a study that spanned a period of “four years and yielded an administrative record of more than 45,000 pages.” However, at least five other lawsuits are working their way through the courts, including what’s “widely considered the strongest challenge” filed by New Jersey officials.

Source: https://www.crainsnewyork.com/transportation/federal-judge-backs-mta-congestion-pricing-lawsuits