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Do You Think a $15 Traffic Toll Is Reasonable?

Do You Think a $15 Traffic Toll Is Reasonable?

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New York City is on the verge of becoming the first US city to impose congestion tolls on drivers entering its central business district, with transit officials approving a $15 fee for most motorists headed to the busiest part of Manhattan. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board has given the green light to the congestion pricing plan, set to take effect in June.

The board rejected requests for exceptions from dozens of groups of commuters, authorizing a $15 toll on most commuter passenger vehicles entering Manhattan south of 60th Street during daytime hours. Tolls will be higher for larger vehicles and lower for late-night entries and motorcycles.

Supporters claim the new tolls will encourage public transport use, reduce congestion, speed up public buses and emergency vehicles, decrease pollution, and raise funds for subway system improvements. Critics argue the fees will burden workers and increase the prices of goods driven to the city by truck.

Commuters from other states and boroughs already pay around $15 in bridge and tunnel tolls, with the congestion fee coming on top of that. Daily parking costs in the congestion zone range from $25 to $50.

New York’s plan faces lawsuits from small business owners and the state of New Jersey, demanding more thorough environmental assessments. State officials argue the plan will cost its commuters millions but won’t fund improvements in New Jersey transit agencies, even as it funds public transit in New York and Connecticut.

If the plan survives these legal challenges, New York will become the first US city to implement a congestion pricing scheme, following in the footsteps of London, Stockholm, Milan, and Singapore.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Sanford Parr

    April 2, 2024 at 7:09 pm

    Less people, less income, less taxes, on the road to bankruptcies! The reason why folks are leaving NYC! Bye!

    • mike6080

      April 2, 2024 at 8:44 pm

      it will pay for the national guard that they need to protect prople on public transportation

  2. Jerry C.

    April 2, 2024 at 7:10 pm

    It should be illegal to charge the public any kind of toll for use of any public road built & maintained with tax dollars, period. We already paid! That being said, THEY couldn’t pay ME enough to get me to go to New York…

  3. Mee too

    April 2, 2024 at 7:22 pm

    Amen Jerry, Amen !!!!!

  4. Purple Olive

    April 2, 2024 at 7:37 pm

    With all the crime currently occurring in New York amd unapposed by the Democrat government in control, no one in their right mind would want to visit NY now! No doubt things will improve when President Trump takes control of the reins!!!

  5. Mark Smith

    April 2, 2024 at 8:20 pm

    the DemonRat/Communist plan if you can’t starve the out then tax them to death. they know how to spend your money better than you do.

  6. Charles Lyons

    April 2, 2024 at 9:47 pm

    It’s only a way to steal more money from you

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