Taking a drive through the Big Apple might soon take a bite out of your wallet. The state Legislature might be offered a new budget proposal that could include congestion charges for those driving in the most populated city in the United States.
The fees might range from anywhere between $12 and $14 for passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs while it might cost up to $20 for commercial vehicles. The charges could be set for drivers who desire to enter lower Manhattan during the peak hours throughout the week. Fees might be lower during off-peak hours and weekends.
The charges are set to start as early as 2021.
Other Factors for the Legislation
Last week, The New York Times reported that the fees are likely to raise $1 billion for a variety of public-transit projects that should have already been implemented for the city, such as new subway lines and subway maintenance. Some people wonder about disabled riders that use ride-sharing services, low-income drivers, and other issues, but the report states that the fees might be lowered or the person in question could possibly request a fee waiver.
Drivers who enter the city from the Henry Hudson Bridge or a toll tunnel might receive credits toward the charge, and those drivers who cross the Brooklyn Bridge and travel anywhere north of 60th Street aren’t likely to be charged.
No other city in the United States charges a congestion fee for driving in populated areas. However, some cities around the world have charged drivers to enter or travel around the cities, including Singapore, London, and Stockholm. The money raised helped with infrastructure, reduced emissions, and more. In fact, when London implemented the congestion fee in 2003, traffic in those areas declined by about 18 percent, and there was a reduction of emissions by about 16 percent.