The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 April 2007

Bloomberg to NYC: Pay up

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to announce tomorrow a proposal for a congestion fee to be imposed on drivers who enter Manhattan south of 86th Street between 6 am and 6 pm, perhaps inspired by a similar fee imposed in London. The $8 charge is supposed to include existing bridge and tunnel tolls: presumably, they will be adjusted upward to $8 for incoming traffic. (In which case, EZ-Pass should work as a collection method.)

This will probably not go over well in Staten Island, where the New York subway system doesn't go. And taxis, I suspect, will be exempt.

(Via Autoblog.)

Addendum, 22 April: Bloomberg, on his weekly WNYC radio show, said that taxis were indeed exempt, and if you come in just to use the West Side Highway or FDR Drive (the de facto East Side Highway), so are you. This complicates the logistics a little, perhaps, but it might peeve some folks a trifle less.

Posted at 7:10 PM to Driver's Seat

There are folks down here in Georgia who'd like to impose a toll on all Yankees entering the state.

Presumably doubled for anyone named "Sherman."

Posted by: McGehee at 8:59 PM on 21 April 2007

As I understand it, these things are usually pretty successful in increasing the average speed during rush hour.

In any case, I prefer it over HOV-only hours, because at least in the case of a fine I can decide whether or not it's worth it. With HOV or equivalents, I'm just barred from using a big highway altogether (here in northern VA it's route 66).

Posted by: Adam at 12:06 AM on 22 April 2007

Down here in Soonerland, we tend to hate tolls of any sort, though the Kilpatrick Turnpike, which loops around north and west Oklahoma City, has built up a small but vocal fan base, mostly because the surface street running parallel to it (Memorial Road) is horrendous at rush hour, and the Broadway-to-Portland leg costs only a buck. (It's 40 cents if you use the state's PikePass system, which is regrettably not compatible with other states' systems.)

Posted by: CGHill at 10:01 AM on 22 April 2007