New York City Congestion Charge Approved

Congested Streets of Manhattan
Congested Streets of Manhattan

New Yorkers may soon have to contend with a congestion charging scheme for entry into Lower Manhattan south of 60th Street. Set for introduction on a three-year trial basis, the scheme aims to reduce air pollution, traffic volume and fund improvements in transportation as part of New York's PlanNYC strategy for 2030.

Joining Singapore, Stockholm and most notably London, the charge will be set significantly lower than its eight pound, sixteen dollar counterpart in the UK. A flat-rate of 8 dollars will be charged for entry into Lower Manhattan weekdays between 6am and 6pm, while travel exclusively within the zone will be priced at just 4 dollars during charging hours.

"People who were elected to represent the New Yorkers who live in our five boroughs are sick and tired of our streets being clogged with traffic," said proponent of the charge Speaker Ms. Quinn. "We’re sick and tired of the children who live in our city literally having to fight to be able to breathe, and that we see congestion pricing as a solution to this problem."

Down to the details and the car isn't so much an outlaw. Much like London, the zone will also incorporate charge-free through routes, namely FDR drive and the Eastern Bridges and their approaches. And for those presently using EZ-Pass on New York's toll-charged roads, entry and tolls will be capped at a daily rate of 8 dollars. License plates registered for the handicapped as well as licensed cabs would be exempt from the charge, while trucks are to be charged $21 for entry and $5.50 for journeys exclusively within the zone.

Approved by a vote of 30 to 20 in the city council, the policy split an otherwise unanimously-voting administration and now awaits approval at a state level, for which the suggestion was made that support would be given.

With numerous proposals for similar schemes in the world's cities, green-conscious mayors and urban planners will now look to New York as a further case study. Let's hope however that after rejecting the introduction of a 4 dollar charge last year, New Yorkers will see green more than they do red.

Published Apr 2nd, 2008 3:39am By Sam Stockley
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ck314 ck314
What do you expect from a totalitarian global socialist system but demagogy and repression to feed their police state? Automobiles are the contemporary symbol of freedom by excellence, so first they'll blame it on pollution; when cars become virtually non-polluting they'll come up with congestion excuses, and by the time this becomes the norm, you'll realize your very last freedom has gone. Fuc*ing collectivist slime.
Apr 3rd, 2008 6:46am
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benz_man benz_man
Can I quote that?
Apr 5th, 2008 1:35pm
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4rings 4rings
Im with "illest813" & "Ben-zo". Where are these kids that are "fighting to breathe"? What New Yorker is "Sick & tired" of these "clogged" streets? Its been this way for longer than anyone who lives below 60th St has been there! Im sure you noticed the congestion before you chose to move downtown. I am curious though... Exactly how do they plan to charge this "fee" at every point where you can enter Manhattan below 60th St??? If you know NY, you'll know why Im curious..
Apr 3rd, 2008 4:11am
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super_car_muscle_man super_car_muscle_man
i live in London and we have congestion charging. to answer your question, they have cameras fitted on most of the roads into the city and more within the city whihc have automatic plate recognition. they check against computers to check against a database that you have already paid the charges before you enter. I just looked on Google Earth at NY and trust me there wont be any problem at all in getting it implemented - i can count the roads into NY.. now look at London!
Apr 3rd, 2008 8:54pm
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Ben-zo Ben-zo
Furthermore, the quote that New Yorker's are "sick and tired of our streets being clogged with traffic" is ridiculous. If you don't like traffic move to the country. Are you sick of the sidewalks being clogged with people, and all those tall buildings blocking the sun too?
Apr 3rd, 2008 12:35am
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Ben-zo Ben-zo
Good point Keithxp. It would also create way more traffic and parking nightmares from 61 St. and up (still a large chunk of the city). But this was only the city council's approval, it'f far from being enacted. What do they plan to do with all the revenue?
Apr 3rd, 2008 12:32am
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Paul_e Paul_e
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Apr 2nd, 2008 9:22pm
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amade.ch amade.ch
it's the only way to go.
Apr 2nd, 2008 5:37pm
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keithxp keithxp
LIRR ftw! this is gonna bbring a whole new dimension to rush hour traffic once 6pm hits
Apr 2nd, 2008 5:13pm
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
i think that they have the same thing in london... but i dont get it some people just haved to drive their cars to work and thn they haved to pay a fee every dayy that will get expensive!!! so basically i agree with illest813
Apr 2nd, 2008 2:35pm
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PagodaWarrior PagodaWarrior
public transport or car-pooling. it'll save you a fortune... or quit smoking :P
Apr 2nd, 2008 5:36pm
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illest813 illest813
this is HORSE SH1T
Apr 2nd, 2008 11:54am
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