New York City commuters and workers from across the region will soon pay a steep price to enter midtown Manhattan, with Big Apple officials confirming over the weekend they plan to introduce “congestion pricing” to help off-set the massive MTA operating budget.
“Motorists entering Midtown Manhattan below 60th Street will be charged a toll, which is anticipated to raise more than $1 billion a year for the city’s ailing public transit system. A panel of experts will set the surcharges by the end of 2020, but sources told CBS2 drivers in cars will pay around $11.50 and truck drivers around $25,” reports CBS New York.
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“I work in Manhattan a lot and I don’t mind paying for it to get in there and if it helps congestion, even better,” said one commuter on Long Island.
“That’s crazy. I can’t imagine doing that. But I have to see my mother and it’s something that would greatly impact me,” added another.
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