Sources: Drivers In Cars Will Pay Around $11.50 And Truck Drivers Will Pay About $25; Possible Discounts For Some Being Worked Out

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It has worked in cities like London and Singapore and state lawmakers are hoping congestion pricing will decrease traffic in New York City, too.

CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez found out what Sunday’s historic news means for drivers.

Big Apple subway and buses will soon be getting some much-needed improvements at the expense of drivers heading into Manhattan.

“I think it’s a good idea,” one New Yorker said Sunday. “Every day it’s very, very (bad) traffic, so I think it can be better.” 

Motorists entering Midtown Manhattan below 60th Street will be charged a toll, which is anticipated to raise more than $1 billion a year for the city’s ailing public transit system. A panel of experts will set the surcharges by the end of 2020, but sources told CBS2 drivers in cars will pay around $11.50 and truck drivers around $25.

“I work in Manhattan a lot and I don’t mind paying for it to get in there and if it helps congestion, even better,” Long Island resident Ed Crescimanni said.

Congestion pricing will be an added hardship for Charles Alvarez, who lives in the toll zone but needs to visit his mother in a Queens nursing home.

“That’s crazy. I can’t imagine doing that. But I have to see my mother and it’s something that would greatly impact me,” Alvarez said.

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Traffic expert Sam Schwartz told CBS2 he thinks the system will make difference.

“The bottom line is the city is a competitive city. It is a world city. We can’t have a world city if our transit system is running 65 percent on time and our traffic is moving at 4.7 mph. This will get us back in the ball game to be a world-class city.”

It’s important to note that drivers will not be charged the toll more than once per day and the FDR and West Side highways will not be included.

Comments (101)
  1. You get what you vote for. Detroiters still vote Dem despite the ruination of that city by them.

    1. Jason Ledd says:

      Is there no end to the stupidity of New York’s democrat politicians?
      Truly, You’re as dumb as Fed government, and just as corrupt.
      News Flash:
      “Exempt income” is legally defined, and codified in US tax regs.
      – Google “the term exempt income means any income”
      – Google “income that is not considered tax exempt”, use quotes.
      Read the actual US tax regulation, 861-8T.
      Most Americans don’t owe any income tax, ever.
      Of course, tax-paid judges say codified definition in US tax regulations is “frivolous” (inconvenient), but code doesn’t lie.

    2. New York is only the richest, most prosperous, and most culturally significant city in the US. Sounds like those dems are really doing a terrible job!

  2. Writers Alive says:

    Is it enough to keep the Mohammedans out I wonder?

    1. Malcolm Johnson says:

      ….its ‘MOHAMADINIANS Your welcome.

  3. Kud Zu says:

    No skin off my back any more. Mug everyone in the City, the whole state for that matter, give them all back a $20 to get by on. They’re not getting anything they didn’t vote for.
    – a Floridian transplant from Long Island who saw our little village destroyed by democrats,..and picked up and left them to themselves.

    1. same here, right behind you buddy. But I think Florida going down same path

  4. I think these taxes are great. It keeps poor people out of Manhattan. It also keeps them from filling up our landfills. Ugh. Poor people.

    1. Jessica McEachern says:


      1. Now implement this is every big city and put voting places inside the zone.

    2. Poor people don’t drive in Manhattan.

  5. ben (@neaon) says:

    So NY ran billions of legitimate taxes out of the state in the form of Amazon, and now they are inventing new taxes to put on top of the already outrageous taxes. Well I don’t live there, so watching how it goes with a pretty strong sense that I already know.

    1. John Stark says:

      So NYC will implement this…ummm…’Congestion Pricing’ scam in order to help fix the subway and buses. Is this the same NYC that just increased the burden on the taxpayer in the form of an increase for the money being paid to lawyers to help keep illegal criminals in their fair city?

  6. Jeremy Couts says:

    Stop voting for Democrats as a reflex! The republican candidates in NYC as just as progressive, but brave enough to want an end to the graft.

  7. Phil Nikol says:

    The never ending insatiable appetite and craven desire to take ever more money away from the people who earn it. AND, wastefully spend it.

  8. David Moore says:

    Thanks a million, NY! Now our democrat clowns in Honolulu will likely mimic your ripoff money grab scam by charging locals to enter Waikiki!

  9. Richard Forster says:

    Why aren’t MTA users paying to fix the MTA? This reeks of political cowardice.

  10. Samuel Green says:

    This is outrageous on every level.

  11. “I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” ― Winston S. Churchill

  12. Remember Robin Williams move Popeye. Wimpy was the tax collector and put a tax on absolutely everything. Same Same

    1. Mistah Potatohead says:

      Apparently, you do not remember the movie yourself. Wimpy was NOT the tax collector. In fact, Wimpy was charged one hamburger for “chiseler’s tax.”

  13. Claude Michel Taillefer says:

    This will only hurt blue-collar workers and low-income people. The hotel staffs, cleaning, security guards. The people who can’t afford to live in the city but slave over those who can.

    1. 76% of people in Manhattan don’t own a car. Somehow I suspect it’s not the bottom 24% that are the car owners in the city?

  14. David P. Baldwin says:

    More LEFTIST stupidity….. They are charging people who are not using Mass Transit when they should be charging those that do. They are the ones that benefit, so they should pay. This is the Problem with LIBTARDS they always want someone else to pay for the tuff they want.

  15. Bob K. Wahler says:

    Charge drivers, and CLAIM you are going to fix the railroad with it?

    Aside from the fact that we’ve had this game played on us at least a dozen times before. (here in CT, lotto was originally approved because it was all going to go to schools. It may have, but school BUDGETS did not change one bit. So someone got SOMETHING, but the widows and orphans they exploited to GET it, didn’t get a dime)

    Anyone who thinks this will result in the MTA being one BIT “better” in any way is a fool; if they are over thirty, an insane fool, as they have already seen this hustle at least a couple of times.

  16. John Long says:

    And the idiots will re-elect these people again.

  17. Gloria Bradshaw says:

    It’s obviously a plan to exclude African-Americans from the profit centers of the city. Shame.

  18. Bevo Francis says:

    NYC was once a great world City. Seeing the City decline into the abyss by the many years of democratic stupid reign is saddening.

    1. Steve Fitzpatrick says:

      I agree it is a while (70’s)since i lived in NYC, But the decline is astonishing…..LIBERALS ruin everything….

  19. People keep voting blindly in favor of big government politicians because they fall for the bait and switch social hot button issues they keep pushing in your face. Then you turn around and are horrified when they pass big intrusive government policies like this. You know if you keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results it’s insanity, right? ALL OVER AMERICA cities are drowning in debt, choking on restrictive government regulations and policies, and perpetuating a dependent class of citizens generation after generation. You know what all these places have in common? HALF A CENTURY of Democrat control. Wake up people. WAKE UP before they drive our country off the cliff.

  20. I’ve seen the lights go out on broadway-
    I saw the empire state laid low.
    And life went on beyond the palisades,
    They all bought bright cadillacs-
    And left there long ago.

    I’ve seen the lights go out on broadway-
    I saw the ruins at my feet,
    You know we almost didn’t notice it –
    We’d see it all the time on forty-second street.

    Billy Joel – Miami 2017

  21. Bruce Kiggins says:

    Cuomo’s just like his father, tax, tax, tax. And the voters cheer on the increased taxes and vote these vile idiots back in again! I don’t get it. It’s like the voters beg, tax me more, tax me more! Actually it’s the voters that are the idiots. I moved from there 29 years ago, and have never looked back. I don’t even visit there.

  22. John Schaffer says:

    Next year they will expand this to downtown Brooklyn and Long Island City. Just watch. The George Washington Bridge / Cross Bronx will become an even bigger nightmare because of the push outwards to avoid passing through the city to stay on Interstate 495. That will then trigger congestion pricing to Washington Heights and the Bronx. There is no end!

  23. This is why New York has lost 12 seats in the House of Representatives since 1970. And they will probably lose another in 2020. Maybe two now that this law passed.

  24. Richard A Hooks says:

    How many billions can they spend to collect $11.50 cents a car? Will they reach break even in a hundred years?

  25. Cara Claudel says:

    More looting by the government, driving the productive people out of New York.

  26. Chuck Holz says:

    Democrats doing what they do best, Taxing the Hell of hard Working American Citizens.

  27. Phillip Sahagian says:

    Fleecing we the people is the only thing the DNC is good at

  28. Charlie Harper says:

    I believe the correct term is ‘parasites’.

  29. Paul Hacker says:

    So now that the Feds won’t pay your NY state and NYC income taxes you are gonna have to, you know, live like everyone else and pay ‘your fair share’.

    Lots of luck NY. I have no interest in driving in NYC folks. None.

  30. Bruce Pestell says:

    Just remember the democrat party is the party of “free stuff”. The “free stuff” is paid for by taxes. “Just give us your money and we will give you “free stuff”.” Illinois just passed a tax on rain.

  31. Steven FitzGerald says:

    What a sewer of a state and city. This is Detroit II, the sequel! This should tell you Democrats cannot run anything and they are quickly running out of everyones money!

  32. Chris Warren says:

    Great! That’ll pave the way for MTA to send bus/subway fares to the moon.

  33. Y’all in NY need to bail that State. Better States and lower taxes elsewhere. Jobs are in every State not just CA and NY.

  34. Doug Day says:

    Swell…this will be straw that broke the camels back for many who will leave New Yaaahk and contaminate some otherwise pristine habitat.

  35. Um…is it time leave or what? Where should we go? Tennesee? Barcelona? Sailboat? Vote R next election? What do we do now?

  36. Markey Farrell says:

    Where is Bernie and AOC’s Free stuff when you need them?

  37. Alice Parsons says:

    What vision these leaders have.

  38. It costs $32 in tolls for a New Yorker living in Rockland county to get to Laguardia or JFK or any other point in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. We’ve heard the Democrat mayors, governors, and congressmen state for decades that all those tolls were going to support the MTA. Instead the money went to welfare and special interest projects. I’m a born and raised New Yorker and I’ve finally saved enough to move and leave this insane state. Perhaps if AOC didn’t scuttle the Amazon deal there might have been some revenue to offset the congestion pricing. New Yorkers…you are collectively insane for continuously voting for Socialists…you deserve everything you get and STFU about congestion pricing…you enabled it!

  39. Perry Mileo says:

    Will the last one leaving NY please shut the lights?

  40. Joshua Johnson says:

    Yeah, that’s not going to work. Definitely going to be labeled white privilege and scrapped quickly. Watch.

  41. Neri Holzer says:

    How are they going to collect the charge? and how would they prevent widespread cheating by turning off transponders?
    What about the people WHO LIVE in midtown? are they going to get special pricing?

  42. Dean Davis says:

    If mass transit is so wonderful, why doesn’t the MTA support itself? //endsarc

  43. Dan Purcell says:

    Dumbocrats deserve to be charged to get into their own homes and jobs.

  44. Stone Hendge says:

    I left in 2007 and haven’t looked back!

  45. Brian O'Rourke says:

    The destruction of commerce in NYC.

  46. Dudley Quigley says:

    So if you live outside the city but work there it will now cost you an additional $230 a month for the privilege of going in to Manhattan. Dems are absolutely insane. Good luck NY’ers and keep voting the same aholes in to office. Your life will get so much better.

  47. Sarah Santori says:

    The total destruction of NYC. The Democrats are insane.

    1. Beijing yank says:

      What did you expect from a government that tosses a massive pubic petition to investigate 9\11 because they have more important things to do.

  48. Charles Smith says:

    I Take my wife every month to NYU Hospital for needed treatment, I guess I will be penalized for this trip.

    1. Eileen Finnin Hargrove says:

      Charles Smith. Save receipts for each time you pay. They can be used on your Federal taxes.

    2. Eileen Finnin Hargrove says:

      Why do New Yorkers keep electing Cuomo and de Blasio?

      1. Dan Purcell says:

        Ignorance, complacency, laziness, willful stupidity, political indoctrination….

      2. Jesus Avenges says:

        Since there is no voter id law in NY, no one living voted for these commissars. Every one of these utopias is subjected to the same massive amounts of voter fraud. Nearly all of us did not vote for any of this.

  49. Charles Aronowitz says:

    For the first 50 years of my life I lived or worked in New York City. I’ll simply avoid it whenever possible and shall never drive there again.

  50. more insanity by dumbocrats

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