NY Daily News
Public frenemies Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, after working out a quiet weekend deal, unveiled a congestion pricing plan Tuesday for a massive swath of Manhattan — leaving motorists poised to pay for much-needed mass transit upgrades.
Their proposal, part of a sweeping 10-part overhaul of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, would install electronic tolling devices on streets south of 61st St. in Manhattan to collect the billions of dollars necessary for enhancing the city subway and bus systems.
Money generated by the new tolls would go into a “lockbox” dedicated to cover the MTA’s capital costs, with the “priority given to the subway system,” the politicians proposed. The plan would also hold the line on fares, with a target of increases of just 2% annually to cover the costs of inflation.
While specifics were somewhat scarce, the governor said he hoped the plan would be in place by the end of 2020. An estimated 731,000 cars travel daily into the designated Central Business District, and could pay upward of $10 per day to bring their vehicles into the toll zone based on previously suggested plans.
Cuomo and de Blasio were initially at odds over the proposal, with the mayor touting a millionaire’s tax on the state’s richest earners rather than the congestion pricing already used in cities like London and Singapore. But the pair worked through their differences to find common ground on the southern part of Manhattan island.
“This is a different plan,” said Cuomo during a radio appearance on WNYC. “I think the mayor had a number of issues that he felt strongly about. This plan addresses them … This is a proposal the mayor and I agree on. I am sure there will be a lot of debate.”
Four previously suggested congestion pricing plans suggested a variety of fees, with a cost of $11.52 a day proposed for cars in two of them. The cost for a truck was set at $25.34 a day under one of the proposals.
Even Manhattan residents would likely get hit with the fee if they crossed 61st St. either leaving or entering the designated district.
This is an austerity measure on car owners to fund the MTA by two jerks who daily commute by motorcade and on many occasions by Mario's son, by helicopter.
The photo above is at Soho on West Broadway of traffic heading for the Holland tunnel. That's supposed to be a two way street.