Would You Pay $8 To Drive in Manhattan?

January 31, 2008
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With new $8 fees to drive in Manhattan, this might be the best way to get your car into the city.

A plan to charge drivers $8 for using Manhattan's busy streets appears to be moving ahead.

Mimicking a fee imposed on drivers in London, the new fee for New York drivers is an attempt by the city to deal with the crushing gridlock that can slow down the major thoroughfares in the city, the Wall Street Journal said today. The plan in its draft form would charge each car an $8 toll for entering Manhattan below 60th Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the work week. Trucks--aside from those certified as low-emission vehicles--would be charged $21. Taxis will get a $1 surcharge and higher meter rates under the revised plan.

The city has been grappling with a plan under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, at first proposing that 86th Street be the cutoff--and adding a surcharge to travel in the zone. The new system could generate $500 million a year to use toward improving the city's infrastructure, the Journal adds.

We're all for market mechanisms to ease traffic, but the universally levied charges strike us as a bit hamfisted. What do you think? Would raising taxi rates be the key--or simply raising tolls on the city's bridges and tunnels? And would a plan like this work in your city--Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco or Atlanta? Tell us what you think in a comment below.

Plan Addresses New York's Traffic - WSJ.com

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