New Jersey Congressmen Want To Exempt New Jersey Drivers From New York’s Congestion Tolls
It can be tough to grasp the idea that a driver isn’t just in traffic; he is traffic. As a result, a lot of people think policies to reduce traffic congestion should apply to someone else over there.
Witness a bipartisan bill from two New Jersey congressmen, Democrat Josh Gottheimer and Republican Jeff Van Drew. It would strip New York City’s public transit system of federal funding if Garden State drivers aren’t exempt from the congestion charges that might soon be applied to motorists entering Manhattan.
“The proposed $3,000 a year congestion tax is such a slap in the face to New Jersey commuters,” said Gottheimer in a press release announcing the reintroduction of the Anti-Congestion Tax Act. “We’re fighting back against the proposed New York congestion taxes that are targeting hardworking Jersey families for simply driving into Manhattan.”
The “congestion tax” being targeted is a variable fee that New York will soon charge motorists who enter Manhattan below 60th Street. The idea is to reduce traffic congestion by encouraging carpooling, transit use, or travel at off-peak hours.
How much these charges will be, how they might vary throughout the day, and who exactly will have to pay them are decisions that will be made by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)—the state agency that runs buses and trains in the New York City area.
The MTA will also receive these congestion tolls. The money will then go toward capital improvements for mass transit in New York
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