New York to review pay-to-drive plan to address traffic congestion

Driving a car into the busiest parts of Manhattan could cost $11.52, the report said. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Jan 20, 2018, 05.06 AM (IST)

A proposal, if passed, could make New York the first city in the United States with a pay-to-drive plan and driving a car into the busiest parts of Manhattan could cost $11.52, a report in The New York Times (NYT) said.

The plan will address the problem Manhattan's massive traffic and also raise revenue for the city’s failing subways and buses, the NYT report said.

The proposals have been prepared by a task force "Fix NYC," convened by Governor Andrew M Cuomo after he declared a state of emergency in the subways last June, The New York Times reported.

Similar plans are already under place in cities like Singapore, Stockholm, London and Milan.

The pricing zone would cover Manhattan south of 60th Street. Drivers would not have to pay if they entered Manhattan by all routes except for the East River bridges as long as they bypassed the congestion zone. Trucks will have to pay $25.34, and taxis and for-hire vehicles will have to pay surcharges of $2 to $5 per ride.

The plan would require the approval of the state legislature, which will receive it on Friday.
 

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The plan will address the problem Manhattan's massive traffic and also raise revenue for the city’s failing subways and buses, a report in The New York Times said