New York's Congestion Pricing Plan Enters Final Stretch
"With just two weeks to go before the deadline to approve congestion pricing, Mayor Bloomberg and his allies worked Monday to win converts to the plan - while City Council critics spent the day poking holes in it."
"Council members grilled Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan about whether the proposed $8 fee for drivers entering Manhattan below 60th St. would hurt poor commuters, cost too much to administer or lead to a cutback in federal funds."
"The City Council, Assembly and state Senate must approve the plan by April 7 to qualify for $354 million in federal funds for extra bus and subway service. A new Quinnipiac University poll found two-thirds of New Yorkers support the idea, as long as the revenue is used for mass transit."
"New Jersey drivers using E-ZPass would not have to pay the fee, so Bloomberg's team is negotiating for part of a $2 billion Port Authority fund to make up some of the difference. They are also mulling a tax credit to help poor drivers pay the fee."