Drivers, business owners give MTA a mouthful over congestion pricing plan

The plan calls for charging an additional $9 to $23 in tolls to enter Manhattan below 60th Street at certain peak times of the day both during the week and on weekends.

News 12 Staff

Aug 31, 2022, 2:27 AM

Updated 654 days ago

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The MTA fielded dozens of questions Tuesday about the impact congestion pricing will have on commuters and businesses.
The plan calls for charging an additional $9 to $23 in tolls to enter Manhattan below 60th Street at certain peak times of the day both during the week and on weekends.
Elaine Walsh, of the East 86 Street Merchant Resident Association, says the MTA's plan lacks specificity as well as other avenues for them to obtain funds to fix issues.
"The East 86 Street Associates are opposed to any plan particularly one that will impact the Manhattan residents being charged for leaving or entering their home and going south," says Walsh.
MTA officials say their hope is that the pricing encourages people to take the train to help free up congested New York City streets and cut down on pollution. They also plan to use the revenue to improve their system.
Thomas Walsh, who works for the city, says the MTA's plan is dishonorable in what it is going to do when it comes to city employees.
"The burden that this is putting on workers who are servicing the city people who are keeping your city safe putting out fires cleaning up your garbage and keeping the water running, will now be charged to go into work for the city, by the city," says Thomas.


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