If you want to drive into the busiest part of Manhattan, get out your wallet. New York City is considering a pay-to-drive plan that would charge people $11.52 for driving in busy areas. The policy would be the first of its kind in the US, and it would help ease the city’s traffic while creating revenue to maintain and improve public transit.
Singapore, Stockholm, London and Milan already have similar pay-to-drive plans. In Manhattan, the plan would apply to all traffic south of 60th street. Cars would pay $11.52, taxis would pay a $2 – $5 surcharge, and trucks would face a hefty $25.34 charge. All told, the city expects to be able to raise $1.5 billion each year, which could go a long way towards fixing up its ailing subways and buses.
The plan would allow people traveling on all but two of the East River bridges to enter the city at no cost, as long as they avoided the high-traffic areas. The plan, if approved, would begin to phase in starting next year.