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NYC Congestion Pricing Triggers Hustle for Discounts, Exemptions

  • We already pay tolls, suburbs say. Shouldn’t that be enough?
  • Boston, Los Angeles may follow Manhattan’s lead to clear roads
Traffic moves along Second Avenue in New York, on March 15.
Traffic moves along Second Avenue in New York, on March 15.

Photographer: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

Commercial truckers want out of New York City’s first-in-the-nation congestion pricing. So do advocates for the disabled, taxi drivers and swaths of the suburbs.

Whether they’ll win hinges on a battle of wills belonging to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and a yet-to-be-named six-member panel that will decide who pays what in a bid to raise $15 billion to fix the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s subway, train, bus, bridge and tunnel system. Hours after the state legislature and Cuomo backed the plan, part of the $175 billion fiscal 2020 state budget, drivers’ cries of “Unfair!” were near-deafening.