Details of the controversial congestion pricing plan are coming to light, and Long Islanders who drive into the city for work could soon be paying more.
Drivers will face new tolls in the most congested area of the city starting in 2023. The idea is to encourage drivers to use mass transit.
Under the MTA’s plan, all vehicles traveling south of 60th Street in Manhattan would pay the new toll.The
MTA announced its proposed fares, ranging from $9 to $23 for E-ZPass users depending on what time of day they’re traveling. Vehicles without an E-ZPass could pay as much $35.
For businesses that have to drive in Manhattan, this could be just another expense and another headache.
Critics of the new plan say it’s just another punch in the gut to small businesses who are still struggling to recover from the pandemic.
The MTA says the tolls will raise about $1 billion a year that’ll be put toward infrastructure projects.