The MTA board votes to approve a new $15 toll to enter Manhattan

Nearly all toll readers have been installed and automatically charge drivers for entering the designated congestion zone at 60th Street or below. There is no toll for leaving and entering the zone. There is no toll for through traffic on Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive and the West Side Highway.

Under the final toll structure that was based on it recommendations According to an independent advisory panel, most passenger vehicles are charged $15 per day from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. The toll is $24 for small trucks and charter buses and rises to $36 for large trucks and motorcoaches. For motorcycles it will be $7.50.

These tolls are discounted by 75 percent at night, bringing the cost of a car down to $3.75.

Fares for taxis and black car services will increase by $1.25 and for Uber and Lyft by $2.50. Passengers will be responsible for paying the new fees and will be added to any journey that begins, ends or occurs within the congestion zone. There are no night discounts. (The new fees are in addition to an existing congestion fee imposed on rental vehicles in 2019.)

Emergency vehicles such as fire engines, ambulances and police cars, as well as vehicles transporting people with disabilities, were exempt from the new tolls under federal congestion pricing legislation.

The final tolling program also includes exemptions for school buses contracted with the city’s Department of Education and for fewer than 5,000 dedicated government vehicles, including garbage trucks and some city-owned vehicles used for work such as sanitation inspections in the congestion zone (vehicles assigned to that city) . Agency commissioners and elected officials are not exempt). MTA and city officials must agree on which vehicles qualify.

Commuter, intercity and regional buses that serve the public regularly – including buses operated by Greyhound, Megabus and Hampton Jitney – are exempt. Commuter vans licensed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission are also exempt from the tax.

As for discounts, low-income drivers earning less than $50,000 per year can have half of the daily toll waived after their first 10 trips in a calendar month. Additionally, low-income residents of the congestion zone who earn less than $60,000 per year can apply for a state tax credit.

All drivers entering the zone directly from four toll tunnels – Lincoln, Holland, Hugh L. Carey and Queens-Midtown – will receive a “crossing credit” that will be applied toward the daily toll. The credit is $5 round trip for passenger vehicles, $12 for small trucks and intercity and charter buses, $20 for large trucks and motorcoaches and $2.50 for motorcycles. No credits are offered at night.

The final toll program is currently under review by the Federal Highway Administration, which is expected to approve it. Still, the program could be blocked or overturned at the last minute by federal courts in New York and New Jersey.

A hearing on a lawsuit filed by the state of New Jersey, considered the most serious legal challenge, is scheduled for April 3 and 4. The mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, Mark J. Sokolich, has filed a corresponding lawsuit.

Three additional lawsuits were filed in New York: by Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella and the United Federation of Teachers; and by two groups of townspeople.

Opponents of congestion pricing point to the cost of tolls, as well as the potential environmental impact of shifting traffic and pollution to other areas when drivers avoid them.

Amid the litigation, MTA officials some major construction projects have been suspended that were supposed to be paid for by the program, and they said at a committee meeting on Monday that important work to upgrade subway signals on the A and C lines had been delayed.

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