Gov. Cuomo Considers Congestion Pricing Plan For Manhattan

Brooklyn Bridge/ Photo: Shimon Gifter

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is putting together a proposal to charge motorists more for entering the most congested parts of Manhattan.

The proposal would impose congestion pricing, an idea increasingly popular around the globe that aims to discourage vehicular traffic in dense urban areas while also raising money for mass transit.

The governor hasn’t released any details yet, but any congestion pricing plan will likely face big political challenges, especially from representatives of New York City’s outer boroughs and the suburbs.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed his own congestion pricing plan that would charge drivers $8 to get into Midtown Manhattan during peak hours several years ago, but it quickly fell apart under opposition in Albany, as reaction from one of Cuomo’s allies in the capital indicates the plans may run into a dead end real quick.

“No, the time has not come,” State Senator Tony Avella (D-Queens) tells CBS2’s Tony Aiello.  Watch report: 

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