Commuters are seeking exemptions to the city’s controversial congestion pricing plan, and their opposition will determine the cost for everyone else.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority began its public outreach campaign this week to sell congestion pricing to the masses—a first-of-its-kind toll for a U.S. city—with a series of public hearings. Agency officials acknowledged during the meetings that each exemption granted will drive up the price to enter Manhattan from the MTA’s low estimate of $9 per trip to its high estimate of $35 per trip.
“It’s remarkable that we got this passed, given the conflicting interests that exist,” said Sen, Brad Hoylman, who is pushing for new tax credits
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