Breaking news: Hochul petitions MTA to delay congestion pricing

Gov. Kathy Hochul said today that she has directed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to indefinitely delay the start of congestion pricing, which would mean a new $15 toll for private cars traveling below 60th Street in Manhattan and a higher rate for trucks. Hochul said he is concerned about the costs New Yorkers face and whether congestion taxes will encourage people to work from home, hurting businesses in New York.

Hochul on June 5 announced a delay in congestion pricing.

Hochul said the $15 fee may not seem like much to those who can afford it, but it could really hurt many families. He said he is committed to funding the MTA’s needs and is currently seeking other funding sources to replace congestion pricing revenue that would have been used to improve the transit system.

He said traffic congestion in Manhattan would be addressed in other ways than congestion pricing. He noted that when congestion pricing was in its infancy five years ago, economic circumstances were different.

“After careful consideration, I have come to the difficult decision that implementing the proposed congestion pricing system would cause too many unintended consequences for New Yorkers at this time,” Hochul said. “For this reason, I have asked the MTA to suspend the program indefinitely. Congestion pricing targets are important in terms of reducing transport and pollution. But hard-working New Yorkers are covering the costs. “

The overload pricing was supposed to start on June 30. E-ZPass and license plate readers used to identify vehicles and provide data have already been installed in Manhattan.

Politico and The New York Times first reported that Gov. Hochul was considering ordering a delay in implementing the new taxes. Hochul was believed to be increasingly worried that enacting the tax before the November election could cost the Democratic Party several seats in the House, as well as losses in other elections.

Hochul was an early advocate of congestion pricing, designed to raise $1 billion a year for the MTA. Reports say he has been concerned in recent days that the taxes could have a negative impact on New York’s economy, in addition to possibly angering voters ahead of the election.

Politico reported that a source said House Minority Leader Hakim Jeffries had pressured Hochul to delay the new bills because they could hinder his efforts to win Democratic control of the House. House Republicans in New York state have seen fit to crack down on surge pricing.

The New York Times reported that two people familiar with the matter said Hochul has been quietly pushing for overage pricing for some time. They said he would consider a new tax on New York businesses to match some of the money the MTA would lose by not implementing the new fees.

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