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Gov. Cuomo's congestion pricing plan details expected today

Gov. Cuomo's congestion pricing plan details expected today

"Traffic congestion in Manhattan has always been a defining feature of our city, but over the past few years, the gridlock caused by congestion has become more impactful on daily life", according to the report by Cuomo's Fix NYC panel.

Congestion pricing refers to the use of electronic tolling to charge vehicles for entering certain areas during peak commuting hours.

Trucks would pay $25.34, while taxis and for-hire vehicles like Uber and Lyft might end up with a surcharge of $2 to $5 per ride.

As revealed to the Daily News, personal autos crossing a street-level cordon-whether exiting the FDR Drive, turning east from the West Side Highway or coming down a north-south avenue-anywhere below 60th Street between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. would pay $11.52, either through their EZ-Pass or via a bill mailed to their home.

The plan is part of a report by Cuomo's transportation task force brought together past year after he declared a state of emergency in the New York City subways.

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Photo Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a shift, expressed openness on Friday to a congestion pricing plan proposed by a task force appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Supporters of the idea say it could not only address gridlock, but also raise money for mass transit. The governor has taken to championing congestion pricing as a way to provide financing for the city's beleaguered transit system, while the mayor believes money for public transit can be raised by imposing a new tax on the wealthy. Similar concerns doomed a congestion pricing plan from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg a decade ago.

"The people in the outer boroughs, who don't have access to public transportation the way people do in Manhattan, can't possibly afford this", said Sohrawardy, 47. Details from a draft of the proposal were first reported Thursday night by The New York Times.

"I can't comment on that issue because I have not been shown the full plan", he said.

"The only folks who don't pay at all are drivers - and those cars are clogging our streets, polluting our air, and harming the economy", he said.