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Report: Plan for congestion pricing in Manhattan nears approval

March 25, 2019 - 6:16 pm

ALBANY (1010 WINS) – It appears New York will become the first city in the nation to implement congestion pricing.

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says a plan is moving through the Legislature and is likely to get the green light.

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“Safe to say that the Assembly is ready to go forward on congestion pricing,” Heastie said Monday, according to a report in the New York Times.

He says lawmakers have reached the consensus that a plan is necessary to help pay for repairs to the city’s subway system. 

The measure would slap a toll on drivers who enter the busiest parts of Manhattan south of 61st Street, with some exceptions for poor and disabled drivers.

Details, including the exact price of the toll, are still being worked out with the budget deadline a week away.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Senate have already shown their support for the idea, as has Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Now that the Assembly is on board, the legislation is all but assured to pass.

Supporters say congestion pricing would raise billions of dollars for the MTA. 

Those against the plan say it unfairly puts the burden of fixing the subway on working class drivers entering the city from the outer boroughs and suburbs.

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