NEW YORK — Congestion pricing is finally on its way to Manhattan — barring a judicial ruling favoring New Jerseyans and outer-borough commuters who’d rather drive than take a train or bus.
It’s been 14 years since the idea was formally proposed by then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and five years since it was approved by the state Legislature.
After all the years of discussion and the ongoing lawsuits over its implementation, New Yorkers should be forgiven if they’ve lost track of exactly how the MTA plans to make congestion pricing work.
Here are some questions and answers about how Manhattan congestion pricing will be implemented.
Question: How much will it cost to drive a car into the congestion zone?
Answer: Under the current version of the plan, for most motorists in most vehicles the toll will be $15. Drivers entering through an already-tolled crossing — the Holland, Lincoln, Brooklyn-Battery or Queens-Midtown tunnels — will receive a $5 discount for a congestion toll of $10.
All drivers will receive a 75% discount off the regular toll overnight, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. That means that during those hours, the fee for cars will drop from $15 down to $3.75. But during those hours, the $5 tunnel discount will not apply.
The discounts and base tolls will scale depending on the size of the vehicle. Motorcyclists’ base toll will be $7.50, and their tunnel-crossing credit will be $2.50.
Small box trucks will be charged $24, while big rigs will rack up a $36 base fee. Transit and commuter buses — whether operated by the MTA, another public agency, or a private company — will be exempt from the toll.
Larger tour or coach buses that do not operate on a fixed, regular route will be tolled as trucks.
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