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Congestion Hearing

Congestion Hearing

A public hearing on traffic congestion in Manhattan is being held by Borough President Gale A. Brewer, together with government transportation agencies and regulators, experts, advocates for consumers and transit riders, and transportation industry stakeholders.

The hearing will be held on Thurs., Sept. 17th at 10 a.m. at the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Theater 2 (located at 199 Chambers Street).

The hearing will focus on the issue of congestion.
The hearing will focus on the issue of congestion.

The hearing will be open to the public. Members of the public may sign up at 9:30 a.m. to offer testimony, and will be heard starting at approximately 12:30 p.m. The Manhattan Borough President’s Office strongly encourages members of the public wishing to testify to bring and submit written testimony.

After the hearing, testimony will be uploaded for public comment on Cornell University’s innovative “Smart Participation” comment platform. Through the platform, members of the public may comment on each witness’s testimony, and comments will be organized with the help of expert moderators.

Borough President Gale Brewer.
Borough President Gale Brewer.

Among the agencies, businesses, groups, and experts invited to testify are:


Transportation agencies and regulators

  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • NYC Dept. of Transportation
  • NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission
  • NYS Dept. of Transportation
  • NYS Thruway Authority

Transportation policy and engineering experts

  • Charles Komanoff, Komanoff Energy Solutions
  • “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz, former NYC Traffic Commissioner, former chief engineer for NYC Dept. of Transportation
  • Alex Mathiessen, Move NY Campaign Director

E-hail services

  • Uber
  • Lyft
  • Gett

Industry groups and professional associations

  • NYS Motor Truck Association
  • NY Taxi Workers’ Alliance

Consumer and transportation advocates

  • Riders’ Alliance
  • Transportation Alternatives

Other interested parties

  • Citi Bike
  • Tour bus operators Twin America and Big Bus
  • The Waterfront Alliance

Information and updates on this hearing will be available at

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