December 2, 2011

The tragic tale of congestion pricing in Manhattan

Speaker(s)

Dr. Rohit T. Aggarwala, Special Advisor to Chairman Michael R. Bloomberg of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Abstract

In 2007, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg proposed to bring congestion pricing to Manhattan as part of an overarching long-term sustainability strategy for New York City. Over the next 15 months, congestion pricing became the leading issue in local politics, involving the governor, the US Department of Transportation, the City Council, and the State Legislature. Rohit T. Aggarwala, one of the chief architects of the mayor’s plan, will describe the proposal, its expected impact, and its political career.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Rohit T. “Rit” Aggarwala is Special Advisor to Chairman Michael R.  Bloomberg of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and leads the  environmental program at Bloomberg Philanthropies.  From 2006 to 2010, he  was Director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for the City of New York,  where he led the development and implementation of PlaNYC.  Prior to 2006,  Aggarwala was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, focused on  transportation, and prior to that he was at the Federal Railroad  Administration.   He holds a PhD (US History), MBA, and BA from Columbia  University, and an MA in history from Queen’s University (Ontario).  He is  a member of the board of the Regional Plan Association (New York) and a  lecturer in urban studies at Stanford University.  He and his wife live in  Palo Alto, California.