NYC Congestion Pricing and Tolls: What to Know and What’s Next

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Nearly all toll readers have been installed, and drivers will be automatically charged for entering a designated congestion zone at or below 60th Street. There are no tolls for leaving the zone or driving around in it. Through traffic on Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive and the West Side Highway will not be tolled.

Under the final tolling structure, which was based on the recommendations of an independent advisory panel, most passenger vehicles were charged $15 per day from 5 am to 9 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 9 pm on weekends. Will go. The toll will be $24 for small trucks and charter buses, and will increase to $36 for larger trucks and tour buses. For motorcycles it will be $7.50.

Those tolls will be discounted by 75 percent at night, bringing the cost of a passenger vehicle down to $3.75.

Fares will increase by $1.25 for taxis and black car services and by $2.50 for Uber and Lyft. Passengers will be responsible for paying the new fees, and they will be added to every ride that starts, ends or occurs within a congestion zone. There will be no night relaxation. (The new fees come on top of the existing congestion surcharge that was imposed on for-hire vehicles in 2019.)

Emergency vehicles such as fire trucks, ambulances and police cars, as well as vehicles carrying disabled people, were exempted from the new tolls under the state’s congestion pricing law.

The final tolling program also includes exemptions for school buses with contracts with the city’s Department of Education and fewer than 5,000 specialized government vehicles, including garbage trucks and some city-owned vehicles that perform tasks such as sanitation inspections in congested areas. are used for. Agency commissioners and elected officials are not exempt). MTA and city officials would have to agree on which vehicles are eligible.

Commuter, intercity and regional buses with scheduled services to the public – including those operated by Greyhound, Megabus and Hampton Jitney – will be exempt. Commuter vans licensed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission will also be exempted.

As far as rebates go, low-income drivers who earn less than $50,000 a year can apply to receive a half-off day toll after their first 10 trips in a calendar month. In addition, low-income residents of congestion areas who earn less than $60,000 per year can apply for a state tax credit.

All drivers entering the area directly from the four toll tunnels – Lincoln, Holland, Hugh L. Carey, and Queens-Midtown – will receive a “crossing credit” that will be applied against the day’s toll. The round-trip credit will be $5 for passenger vehicles, $12 for small trucks and intercity and charter buses, $20 for large trucks and tour buses and $2.50 for motorcycles. No credit will be given on the night.

The final tolling program is being reviewed by the Federal Highway Administration, which is expected to approve it. But the program could be blocked or modified at the last minute by federal courts in New York and New Jersey.

The lawsuit, brought by the state of New Jersey and is seen as the most serious legal challenge, is scheduled to be heard on April 3 and 4. The mayor of Fort Lee, NJ, Mark J. Sokolich has filed a related lawsuit.

Three more lawsuits have been brought in New York: by Vito Foscella, Staten Island Borough President, and the United Federation of Teachers; and by two groups of city residents.

Congestion pricing opponents have cited the cost of tolls as well as the potential environmental impact of shifting traffic and pollution to other areas as drivers avoid them.

Amid the litigation, MTA officials have suspended some capital construction projects that were to be paid for by the program, and they said at a committee meeting Monday that the critical work of modernizing subway signals on the A and C lines There was a delay.

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