Cuomo, NYC mayor endorse congestion pricing as part of MTA reform

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have jointly endorsed congestion pricing as part of a reform plan for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The two unveiled on Tuesday a 10-point plan to "transform and fund" the agency that includes congestion pricing -- cashless tolling for vehicles entering Manhattan south of 61st Street.

MORE: 'Congestion pricing' could make driving to Manhattan more costly 

In a radio interview Tuesday morning, Cuomo admitted that the plan amounts to a tax for people driving into New York City.

The plan also says that revenue from congestion pricing "will be placed in a 'lockbox' to provide a funding source necessary to ensure the capital needs of the MTA can be met, with priority given to the subway system."

State Sen. Todd Kaminsky says Long Island Democrats in the majority will push to ensure the final legislation includes revenue dedicated to LIRR improvements.

Cuomo called it "a luxury to drive into Manhattan," but News 12 spoke with drivers who say it is anything but.

MORE: Cuomo warns LIRR riders could pay more if congestion pricing proposal fails 

The MTA Board is expected to vote on a potential fare hike at a meeting Wednesday. A previous vote was postponed last month.

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