You may need to pay over $11.00 in fees just to drive in New York City!
Gov. Cuomo has unveiled a new plan to hep fund transit repairs in the form of congestion pricing.
The plan, which is under major backlash, will charge drivers $11.52 for driving in Manhattan below 60th St. during peak-hours. Trucks would face a steep $25.34 charge. Taxis and other for-hire vehicles would be tolled a $2-$5 surcharge for each trip.
The proposal would raise money for much-needed transit repairs, a response to Cuomo's declared state of emergency declared on the MTA last year. Congestion pricing is not a new concept, having already been implemented in cities around the world such as London and Singapore.
Many elected officials, including Queens Assemblyman David Weprin, have gathered Sunday to oppose the proposal, claiming that it places an unfair burden on the backs of working-class New Yorkers. Many new Yorkers have already gathered and stepped forward condemning the plan.
The proposal can take effect for taxis and for-hire vehicles within the year and for all other vehicles shortly after. The task force appointed by the Governor have stated that no tolls will be implemented until after repairs to mass transit are made.
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