New York becomes 1st U.S. City to introduce $15 congestion charge

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New York becomes 1st U.S. City to introduce $15 congestion charge After metropolises such as London and Stockholm, New York is now set to become the first city in the U.S. to introduce a congestion charge.

“Today, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board voted to approve the toll rates for the nation’s first congestion pricing program.’’

The MTA, which operated transportation in the New York metro area, announced on social media platform X on Wednesday.

From mid-June, most cars would have to pay a fee of 15 dollars during the day if they drive into a zone that, with a few exceptions, covered the entire southern part of Manhattan up to 60th Street.

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The MTA board had previously approved the plan, which had been in development for many years.

The MTA called it a “historic day.’’

This programme would reduce traffic in Manhattan’s central business district, reduce pollution, and provide critical funding for transit improvements,’’ the post read.

However, the programme is currently still the subject of numerous lawsuits from politicians and residents.

 

(dpa/NAN)