WATCH: NYC to add ‘congestion tax,’ of $11+ to drive, Gov Murphy & Sen Menendez oppose it


— 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.

Experts say Uber and Lyft will raise their fares as well – causing the cost to go to Manhattan, greater than ever.

Governor Murphy and Senator Menendez feel it is an unfair burden on New Jerseyans. They said in a tweet “the burden of NYC’s congestion pricing is unfairly placed on the backs of NJ drivers. We already pay enough on tolls to get into Manhattan. Any more is a double tax on NJans.”


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