• Apr 21, 2007
New York's mayor, Mike Bloomberg, is ready to steal a page from his London counterpart's handbook and announce plans to hit drivers who bring their cars into Manhattan below 86th street with an $8 congestion charge in a bid to ease gridlock in the city's crowded midtown business district. The fee would include the existing bridge and tunnel tolls drivers currently have to pay. Some people are understandably upset, and opposition groups are said to be forming in the outer boroughs.
Naturally, there will be exceptions. Taxis are unlikely to pay the fee, and there's word that drivers who avoid the business district while heading to other parts of the city could be exempt as well. The report also mentions possible discounts for individuals who live and/or work in the impacted zone. Mayor Bloomberg is expected to detail the specifics of his proposal in a speech he's giving tomorrow, and we'll follow up after we've heard all the particulars.

If the mayor does set the plan into motion, it'll need to be improved by the state legislature, meaning those of us (ahem) in the NYC media market are going to have the opportunity to watch the political fireworks unfold during the local evening newscasts. This is gonna get interesting.

UPDATE 4/22: Ahead of today's speech, WNYC (New York Public Radio) reported that drivers who use the FDR drive and West Side Highway would be exempted from the fee. The mayor stated as much in his weekly radio program on WABC. More on the proposal as we get the info.

[Source: WCBS TV, New York]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      and for those of us who live there, or have family there ah van-f$#*-ing-tastic. Thanks Mike, you're a damn billionare but I'm just a grad student trying to get by. You lost a vote here.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is crazy, this is no longer the land of the free, it is the land of the $8 congestion fee. It will cost you $2,080 a year if you have to drive through during weekdays all year.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why is there even private vehicular traffic in New York- all you need is taxis and trucks, everything else is just a major PITA.
      • 7 Years Ago
      8. . . While Manhattanites might like it, those of us in the the other four boroughs will vehemently protest.
      Now why would the “Manhattanites” like it? I pay a fortune to live on the Upper West Side. You guys drive in, make parking a nightmare, clog up the streets and drive like almost hitting pedestrians was a sport. Think of it this way it now costs $48 instead of $40 to drive in per trip. It costs a lot to live and work here, if you don’t like it do us all a favor and move to Arizona.
      This will fight congestion and cut down on harmful emissions both short and long term.
      13 . . . “Bloomberg is trying to take freedoms away, and this is not the only example. just look up his mayor's council on guns, that is trying to change the rules far beyond NYC, and using dubious means to do so.”
      When the federal assault weapons ban was not renewed our police officers saw a huge spike in the number of “spray and pray” incidents. Guess what you can’t get your hands on a suitcase a-bomb at Wal-Mart and you should not be able to get an ak-47 either. Innocent people are getting killed, families are being shattered just because a bunch of paranoid nuts don’t want to fill out a form and receive a background check.
      Mayor Bloomberg saving lives, he is going after scumbag out of state dealers who have come to the attention of the NYPD after a murder. Sends out undercover buyers to find that they are breaking major laws to stop out of state gun trafficking. From there the pit-bull lawyers take the field, and don’t let go until the run the jerk off out of business or agrees to have his sales audited from now on.
      But my favorite has to be the $1,000 dollar reward leading to the recovery of a unlicensed handgun with conviction.

      All I have to say is Bloomberg 08 and we will let you nuts vote for Brownback or whoever you think will up hold your culture of life (read death)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I live in brooklyn, my sister and I all go into the city by subway and then have to deal with enormous traffic whenever we decide to drive anywhere b/c everyone is trying to get into manhattan or leave it by car[- so this a good idea. -However I do think this fee should only be enforced during rush hours.
      Point being is that you should take mass transit. and ohh yeah f%*k the tourists they suck, and ppl from NJ too frekin weekend warriors, lol. while i am at it ppl from Long Island should also stay out of brooklyn to loud and to full of themselves. isn't there anything to do in Long Island?
      • 7 Years Ago
      #18 Brooklyn. Is there anything to do on Long Island? If you mean stealing hubcaps...No.(just joking )
      • 7 Years Ago
      I live in the burps of New York, and I'm for anything that encourages (or forces) people to use mass transit systems. The money should be directed to making improvements on the MTA, LIRR, Metro North and PATH mass transit systems.

      Go Mayor!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This will never pass. While Manhattanites might like it, those of us in the the other four boroughs will vehemently protest. Mass transit is not accessible everywhere. For example, there is no subway on Staten Island and the subway lines in Queens, the Bronx, and Brooklyn are not that extensive. A person living in Red Hook has to travel for 30 minutes by car in order reach a subway line that reaches downtown Manhattan. I would also like to point out that many of yuppies and 'sex and the city types' that live in Manhattan take taxis to get around and do not use public transportation.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For example, there is no subway on Staten Island and the subway lines in Queens, the Bronx, and Brooklyn are not that extensive. A person living in Red Hook has to travel for 30 minutes by car in order reach a subway line that reaches downtown Manhattan. I would also like to point out that many of yuppies and 'sex and the city types' that live in Manhattan take taxis to get around and do not use public transportation.

      None of those ridiculous stereotypes are true.
      • 7 Years Ago
      CO2 is a building block of life. . . ha ha ha you really have to stop getting your news from the Exxon website
      • 7 Years Ago
      Some day you'll only be able to drive in the city if you're wealthy.

      I cant wait. You peons don't deserve to use the same road as me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      but the 59th street bridge doesn't have a toll. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO they're going to foil my plans of not paying tolls.
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