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NYC Congestion Pricing Hits Speed Bumps Over Who Gets Exemptions

  • The disabled, bridge-and-tunnel toll payers seeking exemptions
  • The challenge is balancing need for revenue with fairness
New York City Explores Congestion Pricing Options To Ease Traffic Snarls

Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images 

New York lawmakers facing an April 1 deadline to approve a state budget have agreed to impose tolls upon motorists who enter midtown Manhattan, but they still must decide on politically fraught issues over who gets to be exempt.

Individuals with “an identifiable hardship or limited ability to access medical facilities,” shouldn’t have to pay, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio said last month. Commuters already paying tolls on bridges or tunnels entering Manhattan south of 61st Street should also get a break, they said. But lawmakers must define hardship and determine which toll-payers get the offset.