You will be charged a high price if you drive into Manhattan at peak times. The Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Traffic Mobility Review Board released its congestion pricing for New Yorkers driving into the city center during peak hours. It’s shocking.
Drivers who enter Manhattan during the daytime south of 60th Street will be charged $15. Motorcyclists will be charged $7.50.
Traffic congestion is not caused by motorcycles. Traffic congestion is a mere excuse. To repair the old, outdated transit system in the city, the city will need to raise $15 billion over the coming decade. The congestion pricing plan announced on Thursday could raise around $1 billion yearly.
Mayor Eric Adams, however, complained that the price of tickets was not very flexible.
Adams told a press conference on Thursday morning that the $15 proposal was just the beginning of a conversation. Now it’s up to the community to decide who will be exempt and who won’t be.
Adams suggests that medical treatment should be exempted.
He said that “anyone who drives into the city to enjoy luxury or convenience should pay the full price.” “Those who need to be there, such as for a medical procedure that a professional has mandated by law.”
Carl Weisbrod said that the board considered such a waiver but decided against it when they realized that most people would be covered by insurance for the cost.
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The daytime hours are between 5 am and 9 pm on weekdays, and between 9 am and 9 pm on weekends. Drivers will only be charged one time per day.
The toll outside of peak hours is $3.75.
During the day, small trucks will pay $24 and large trucks $36. To move traffic-clogging deliveries outside of commuter hours, these tolls will be reduced to $6 and $9.00, respectively, at night.
Taxis and other vehicles, such as Uber and Lyft would not be charged a daily fee. However, a fee would still be attached to the receipt of each rider. The fee would be $1.25 per taxi and $2.50 per vehicle for hire.
The daytime price for commuters using the East River and Hudson River tunnels is $5 less than the normal rate.
New Jersey politicians do not like this particular congestion pricing plan. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, the New Jersey Governor, has sued the MTA for the plan.
“I support congestion pricing as a concept, so long as it’s structured fairly for all parties.” He said that the plan was neither fair nor equal.
MTA officials claim the lawsuit prevents them from issuing bonds to fund improvements. New York’s mayors put off needed repairs for two decades, and now they are paying the price. New Yorkers have to pay a steep toll to enter the city.