Congestion pricing: Driving in Manhattan could cost $11.52

The Gov. Cuomo-appointed Fix NYC taskforce released a congestion pricing plan for Manhattan that would fund repairs to the city’s aged subway system

Taxis and ride-sharing services would pay between $2 and $5 per ride.

De Blasio spoke Friday on WNYC about a proposal prepared for New York's governor. "Staten Islanders already suffer disgusting commute times to work because of years of neglect, incompetence and discrimination at the hands of New York City's liberal government and I won't let them add insult to injury".

Governor Cuomo is pushing for congestion pricing for New York City in this year's budget.

The money raised from the fee would be used for projects to upgrade NYC's aging and increasingly unreliable transit system. Under the proposal, motorists would shell out $11.52 to drive into the busiest parts of Manhattan, trucks would pay $25.34 and Uber rides and for-hire vehicles could be charged between $2 and $5 per ride.

Multiple reports say it would cost drives south of 60th Street in Manhattan $11.52. A New York Times investigation released in November 2017 revealed how funding for maintenance had been cut and diverted to other uses, like a state-run ski resort that was struggling to attract guests.

Originally formed in October of a year ago, the Fix NYC panel invited policymakers, real estate developers, planners, MTA employees and other stakeholders to come up with policy fixes to improve mobility across the New York City region.

The reasons for gridlock are many, and the report notes, in particular, the increase in for-hire vehicles, increase in trucks delivering e-commerce, more of streets dedicated to pedestrian plazas, bicyclists and dedicated bus lanes, booming tourist industry with associated buses and slack enforcement of moving violations as the main culprits.

Only 4 percent of the residents of Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn or Staten Island, about 118,000 people, commute to Manhattan in vehicles, the task force says. No fees would be imposed until mass transit repairs are made.

Uber said it supports congestion pricing if it's applied fairly and all revenue is earmarked for mass transit.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he's against the plan, favoring a millionaires' tax instead.

According to published reports, Fix NYC says the tolls should not be in effect until the public transportation system is fixed so commuters have another option. Preliminary estimates call for 24 months to set up infrastructure and systems to implement any congestion pricing plan and to complete an environmental impact study. Congestion pricing plans have never taken off in New York City despite being proposed regularly since the 1970s, and it remains to be seen whether the mayor's office or state legislature will seriously take up the issue.

"This plan certainly shows improvement over previous plans we've seen over the years and that's a good thing", he said.

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