By Natalie Duddridge

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — How much do you pay to travel to and from work? If you drive a car or take public transportation, the commute probably costs a pretty penny.

New York Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato is trying to make the trips more affordable, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported Thursday.

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“Coming to the city, over here, right now cost me around $25 in tolls,” said Afnan Najam.

Another commuter told CBS2 he pays “roughly about $300 to $400,” each month.

Pheffer Amato wants to make commuting costs tax deductible.

“If I could deduct $2,000 a year, it might give me that opportunity to offset it. So now my commuting a day is not $5.75, it’s maybe $2.50.”

If you take the subway, a MetroCard at $127/month adds up to more than $1,500/year. A roundtrip toll on the RFK Triborough Bridge can cost up to $19/day.

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Commuters say it would free up some change if they could write off those costs.

“That would be amazing, any chance to save money,” said Keaton Whitaker.

“I think that’s a great idea because, for a lot of people, the commuting costs are really exorbitant,” said Diane Worley.

Pheffer Amato said it would be another way to help get people back to work post-pandemic.

“It really applies for everyone. So, think about, I live in Astoria, and I’m lucky to get a job with the Department of Sanitation, and they assign me to a Bronx location. Well, now I just got an intro job – great start, city job – but I have to pay that toll everyday,” Pheffer Amato said.

The bill, if passed, would only impact New Yorkers.

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Those commuting from New Jersey or Connecticut would not be covered in this version of the legislation. However, lawmakers say that could be changed later.

Natalie Duddridge