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New York, NY – New York City Mayor Eric Adams has nominated John Samuelsen to the Traffic Mobility Review Board (TMRB).  Samuelsen serves as international president of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) of America and was formerly president of TWU Local 100 in New York City. He is also a non-voting member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board.

Samuelsen will join the TMRB ahead of the release of the congestion pricing. Should congestion pricing be approved by the Federal Highway Administration, the TMRB would develop recommendations for toll rates — as well as any credits, discounts, or exemptions — and then present the recommendations to the MTA Board for consideration before the program is implemented.

 “John Samuelsen is a champion of safe, reliable public transit, and he shares my commitment to getting congestion pricing done so we can invest in mass transit and reduce traffic,” said Mayor Adams. “I am encouraged to see this process moving forward, and my administration will continue to work closely with our partners at the MTA, in Albany, and in Washington, DC to get this done for all New Yorkers.”

“New Yorkers deserve a world-class public transit system and advancing congestion pricing will lead to critical system investments and fewer cars clogging our streets,” said First Deputy Mayor Lorraine Grillo. “The formation of the Traffic Mobility Review Board represents an important milestone in the program’s progress, and John Samuelsen will add enormous value to the board’s deliberations. Public transit has been his life’s work, and his perspective at the table will ensure we produce a successful congestion pricing program.”
 
“My appointment to the TMRB is a historic recognition by Mayor Adams of the importance of MTA workers as the second biggest stakeholder in our nation’s largest transportation system,” said John Samuelson. “Workers will now have a voice in the implementation of this important plan.”

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