A congestion pricing plan that is set to be submitted to MTA authorities may impose a $15 toll on vehicles in NYC that wish to travel on congested Manhattan roadways.
According to the document, that was made public on Thursday, the Traffic Mobility Review Board (TMRB) is anticipated to recommend a $15 fee for automobiles, SUVs, and pickup trucks operating south of 60th Street between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. on workdays.
That sum would be imposed on weekends between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Every night after 9 p.m., toll charges would decrease by 75%.
According to the TMRB plan, those cars would only be charged the toll once a day, and during rush hour, those coming from the Hudson and East River tunnels would receive a $5 discount.
Under the draft, trucks would pay a higher price – ranging from $24 to $36 depending on their size – while motorcycle riders would pay $7.50 during the day.
After their car makes ten journeys into the congestion pricing region each month, low-income owners are set to receive a 50% reduction on the daytime toll. Although taxis and cars for hire will not be charged, users will still need to bring extra cash, as passengers in taxis will pay $1.25, and anyone being escorted into an Uber or Lyft will pay $2.50.
There would be no toll for drivers using the West Side Highway and FDR Drive. Government cars as well as buses and other commuter vehicles would also be excluded.
The first congestion pricing scheme in the country is anticipated to launch in May of next year, with the majority of the infrastructure already in place.
Earlier this year, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and other Garden State officials filed a lawsuit against the MTA, claiming that the federal government had illegally permitted the transit agency to conduct an accelerated assessment of the possible financial and environmental consequences of the toll.
“Congestion pricing is critical to New York’s future, delivering better transit, cleaner air and less traffic clogging our streets,” a spokesman for New York Governor Kathy Hochul said. “The governor has said repeatedly that $23 is too expensive for the central business district tolls, and is carefully reviewing the recommendations of the Traffic Mobility Review Board.”