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Come 2021, American cities will be able to look to New York to determine whether traffic can be reduced if you tax it.
The big picture, by Axios' Felix Salmon: This isn’t really about cars at all, it’s about the subway. So long as the subway was working, congestion pricing couldn’t get off the ground. The minute the subway started falling apart, congestion pricing started being possible. (Also, of course, getting Democratic control of the NY Senate was huge.)
What's next: "Congestion pricing, as New York has proposed, uses tolling to dissuade vehicles from entering certain districts during select hours," Axios Expert Voices contributor Jim Barbaresso wrote in March.
The bottom line: Plenty of cities will be watching to see whether the potential gains from congestion pricing are worth the political headache that comes attached.
Go deeper: Charles Komanoff on why exemptions from congestion pricing are a bad idea.
With the Jefferson Memorial in the background, cherry blossoms are in full bloom at the Tidal Basin today.
The L.A. Times gives the N.Y. Times a delicious dish of April Fools' revenge for years of much-maligned restaurant reviews and food reporting.