City and Regional Planning

Decongesting New York City

Fall 2019 Studio

This report summarizes the findings and recommendations resulting from the Fall 2019 Decongesting New York Studio at the University of Pennsylvania. The semester-long studio was convened to advise the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) on the design and implementation of a new tolling program set to launch in Manhattan in 2021. The studio focused on strategies to ensure that the Central Business District Tolling Program would achieve its primary outcome of achieving a legislated revenue target of $1 billion per year. The team also investigated ways to pursue additional benefits for the City of New York and the broader metropolitan region, as well as maximize public support ahead of the program’s launch.

The studio team, led by Professors Marilyn Jordan Taylor and Robert D. Yaro, included 12 second-year graduate students in the Master of City and Regional Planning Program at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design. Students concentrate in the areas of Sustainable Transportation and Infrastructure Planning, Public Private Development, Smart Cities, and Community and Economic Development.


Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Former Dean
Robert Yaro, Professor of Practice Emeritus