Congestion parking; Pope to visit synagogue...

Behind The News
April 3, 2008 1:17:13 PM PDT
I have no idea whether so-called "congestion pricing" would work. Would charging $8 for anyone who drives into Manhattan south of 60th Street cut down on traffic? That's the stated goal, and it seems to be working in London. But we don't know for sure if it would work here. Mayor Bloomberg certainly thinks it would. Or at least he hopes it would. And he's made it a centerpiece of his last term in office.

I've no dog in this hunt, other than I, like most others, would love to see the gridlock ease.

And there are many unanswered questions with the Mayor's plan -- like exactly how it would work and be enforced. And what about taxis? And is it unfair to commuters in the boroughs outside Manhattan?

But congestion pricing is now very much on the table, and awaiting approval by lawmakers in Albany. It is not a sure thing -- despite the hundreds of millions in federal funding at stake for New York City.

A vote could come at any time, and we'll be following developments, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, our Jeff Pegues is in Memphis, where they are remembering the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. tomorrow. Jeff is there tonight and tomorrow.

And under the category, "My How Things Have Changed," there was a late addition today to Pope Benedict XVI's New York itinerary in two weeks. He will become the first pontiff to visit a synagogue in the U.S. -- and it will be only the third time a pope has visited any synagogue. He'll stop by the Park East Synagogue on the Upper East Side on April 18, the day he arrives. The visit, filled with historic irony. The temple's head rabbi, Arthur Schneier, is a Holocaust survivor, and this Pope, like other German teens in World War II, was once a Hitler Youth. The rabbi calls this is reaffirmation of the Pope's commitment to inter-religious dialogue.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Jeff Smith's AccuWeather forecast (he's in for Lee Goldberg), and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

Bill Ritter