Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Bipartisan effort seeks to protect drivers in NYC from congestion pricing

what to know

  • Lawmakers on both sides of the Hudson River have introduced legislation that would ban drivers from paying more to get into the city.
  • A congestion tax introduced Thursday by US Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Mike Lawler (R-NY) would block the US Department of Transportation from awarding new capital investment grants for the MTA’s projects in New York City, unless All new drivers crossing Jersey into Manhattan and outlying boroughs are exempt from any congestion tax.
  • The MTAs have long argued that congestion pricing is necessary and that it would cost them $1 billion annually.

NEW YORK — A major bipartisan push is underway against congestion pricing in Manhattan.

Lawmakers on both sides of the Hudson River have introduced legislation that would ban drivers from paying more to get into the city.

A congestion tax introduced Thursday by US Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Mike Lawler (R-NY) would block the US Department of Transportation from awarding new capital investment grants for the MTA’s projects in New York City, unless All new drivers crossing Jersey into Manhattan and outlying boroughs are exempt from any congestion tax.

Plus, it would change the US tax code to provide commuters with a federal tax credit at the end of the year equal to the amount they paid in congestion charges.

The MTA’s congestion pricing plan has been discussed for over a decade. It’s a plan that would specifically charge drivers from New Jersey $23 to enter Manhattan anywhere south of 60th Street. Pricing plan not yet implemented.

The MTAs have long argued that congestion pricing is necessary and that it would cost them $1 billion annually.

MTA head of external relations John McCarthy said in part: “Certainly from his time in Albany, Congressman Lawler knows that congestion pricing is an established law in New York State. It’s good for the environment. Fire trucks, buses.” And good for getting delivery. vehicles through the city, and good for the 90% of people who rely on mass transportation.”

The announcement of congestion charges is already being pushed back not only by the MTA but also by New York Gov.

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