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New Yorkers Might Not Be Ready For Congestion Tax
"New Yorkers may hate the city's traffic but not enough to back a proposal by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to impose a toll on drivers in midtown Manhattan, according to poll released on Thursday.
Just 37 percent support congestion pricing, part of the mayor's plan to cut city carbon emissions by one-third by 2030, the Quinnipiac University survey said.
Under congestion pricing, an $8 toll would be levied on each vehicle entering parts of Manhattan during peak hours on weekdays.
Some 59 percent think traffic congestion is a very serious problem, and Manhattan residents support Bloomberg's plan by a two-to-one margin, the poll showed.
But fewer than one-third of those surveyed in the city's other boroughs -- the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island -- agree, with many saying congestion pricing would unfairly tax people who live outside Manhattan."