Officials claim city's 'congestion pricing' plan could cost commuters thousands of more dollars
Local leaders are speaking out against the city’s congestion pricing plan, which they say could affect drivers who would have to pay thousands of dollars more each year once the plan goes into effect.
Reps. Nicole Malliotakis and Josh Gottheimer are urging the state and federal departments of transportation to take a thorough look at the impacts of congestion pricing, saying this plan would negatively impact drivers across the tri-state.
If approved, the city’s congestion pricing plan would mean anyone entering lower Manhattan south of 60th Street will have to pay a new toll that could cost drivers anywhere from $9 to $23.
The representatives say that with families already struggling with inflation, officials should be trying to make life more affordable for New Yorkers.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says congestion in the city would decrease by 15.4%, and that air quality and bus service would improve. However, Malliotakis says the city should conduct a full analysis.
Congestion pricing could go into effect as soon as the end of 2023, but the representatives say they’re hoping to delay the plan by at least one to two years.