2007_05_congestion2.jpgAs Mayor Bloomberg continues his full court press to bring congestion pricing in some shape or form to the city, the folks at Quinnipiac University conducted a poll to see what New Yorkers think. And even though 90% of the respondents think that city traffic is a pain, 56% oppose congestion pricing (37% support it). But what's interesting is how the boroughs differ. From Quinnipiac:

Manhattan voters support congestion pricing 62 - 29 percent. Voters in other boroughs are opposed to the proposal:

- 67 - 26 percent in The Bronx;
- 63 - 29 percent in Brooklyn;
- 61 - 32 percent in Queens;
- 69 - 26 percent in Staten Island.

By a 3 - 1 margin, 68 - 23 percent, New York City voters say they use mass transit, rather than a car, to travel into and out of Manhattan. Car drivers oppose congestion pricing 59 - 34 percent while mass transit users oppose it 53 - 40 percent.

Hmm. We wish the data was also broken out by age - it'd be interesting to see if there were any generational trends.

Streetsblog points out that the Campaign for New York's Future and the Partnership for New York City have some problems with the poll, because the poll doesn't fully explain the mayor's plan (for instance, a congestion fee would be lower if you've paid other tolls) and weren't aware of the benefits, like how the money would improve mass transit options. The question that Quinnipiac asks is "Do you support or oppose charging vehicle owners a fee to drive into Manhattan below 86th street on weekdays from 6 AM to 6 PM?" And the Empire Zone noted that how many people did think that taxi cabs and delivery trucks should be exempt from congestion pricing, though many believe personal cars and limos shouldn't be.