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Breaking News: New York State Ready to Embrace Congestion Pricing, Finally
"After years of hesitation, New York is poised to become the first city in the United States to introduce congestion pricing, which would put new electronic tolls in place for drivers entering the busiest stretches of Manhattan," reports Jesse McKinley and Winnie Hu.
More specifically, but still lacking some specifics, McKinley and Hu add: "Though state leaders have not ironed out details, they had reached consensus on Monday that the plan was necessary to help pay for much-needed repairs to the city’s beleaguered subway system."
Speaker of the State Assembly Carl E. Heastie and other state legislators have been "hunkered behind closed doors in recent days, discussing a broad array of exemptions that would make congestion pricing more palatable," according to sources close to the negotiations. If the State Legislature can agree on specifics of a congestion pricing deal, the state government would join Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio in support for the project.
Long-time observers of plans to bring congestion pricing to New York City will recall that a proposal to charge drivers to access parts of Manhattan died in the State Legislature in 2008.