City Congestion Pricing Passes in NYC!
posted by April 1 at 10:23 AMon
Moments before 6 p.m., a City Council committee approved the measure, known as a home-rule request, which was needed before the State Legislature can act on the plan, whose fate in Albany is uncertain.
The congestion pricing plan, as approved by a 17-member state commission that voted at the end of January, would charge drivers with an E-ZPass $8 a day to enter Manhattan below 60th Street on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those drivers would also receive a credit for bridge or tunnel tolls they paid on the same day. Drivers without an E-ZPass would pay $9 and would not receive credit for tolls.
The plan is similar to one proposed by Mayor Bloomberg last April — but that plan would have established a northern boundary at 86th Street and included a $4 charge for car trips within the congestion zone.
The mayor has noted that the city will qualify for $354 million in federal grants for mass transit improvements if congestion pricing is approved.
Congestion pricing isn‘t exactly what’s planned for this region. With commutes spread out all over the place (unlike New York, most commutes aren’t from the suburbs to downtown Seattle, so drawing a ring around downtown doesn’t make as much sense), the closest thing we can do is toll the two bridges over Lake Washington. However, I think that within ten years, we can expect to see tolls not just across the bridge, but throughout the whole regional highway system—and high time, too.