A proposed bill would impose a $3 tax on any online delivery that is not food or medicine in New York City, in an effort to fund the city’s struggling public transportation.
Following a significant decline in ridership due to the CCP virus pandemic, The MTA projected in August a $16.2 billion deficit to 2024. Last month, the agency said it needed a $12 billion government bailout, otherwise it might not be able to get through 2021.
According to Carroll a $3 surcharge could also encourage more New Yorkers to shop locally and prompt consumers and delivery companies to consolidate multiple items into one package for delivery.
“Shopping online is cheap and convenient. It also means more trucks clogging city traffic, slowing buses, and spewing pollution, all of which have costs of their own,” the op-ed read. “The delivery siege will only get worse. Online commerce is booming. Amazon’s profits are up 53 percent compared to last year.”
Tim Minton, an MTA spokesman, said in a statement that the proposed law alone may still not be able to save the agency from the looming financial crisis.
“We have been clear only $12 billion in federal relief can prevent drastic service cuts, layoffs, and gutting our historic capital plan that would devastate our colleagues and customers,” Minton said. “While the MTA welcomes creative solutions and any new revenue, the proposal is subject to the state legislative process and cannot itself solve the problem, which is why we urge continued advocacy in Washington.”