There would be no free rides into Manhattan - except on a bicycle - under a plan to be considered Thursday by the commission studying Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan.
Tolls eyed on all Manhattan bridges
The plan calls for putting $4 tolls on every free crossing into Manhattan, from the mighty Brooklyn Bridge to the tiny 145th St. Bridge over the Harlem River, raising $859 million a year for mass transit.
That's just one of five options facing the commission, which will conduct public hearings Wednesday and must agree on a recommendation by the end of the month.
It also is considering Bloomberg's plan to charge cars $8 to enter Manhattan south of 86th St. on weekdays, which would raise $420 million a year; a modified plan that moves the border to 60th St. and removes a $4 fee for travel within the zone, and a rationing scheme based on license plates that bars some cars from Manhattan on certain days.
A fifth option would hike parking fees and add an $8 surcharge on taxi trips, but it is not considered viable.
Why not? It's taxis and trucks making deliveries that cause the most congestion by obstructing traffic flow, not private vehicles.
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