New Jersey drivers are used to heavy traffic entering Manhattan, but "congestion charges" are something else and possibly even more annoying.
Lawmakers in New York have passed a first-in-the-nation plan yet to pay indefinite fees to motorists arriving south of 61st Street in Manhattan, possibly starting in 2021.
The stated goal of the stealing cost estimate is to to reduce traffic in the busiest part of Manhattan while providing funding for improvements to the subway. But that will be thanks not least to the workers and other travelers from New Jersey.
Congestion pricing jostles up as the last in a long series of turf battles between New Jersey and New York.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop unleashed the idea of state legislators in Trenton on Monday charging revenge by charging a commuter tax on the residents of New York City.
"We can do the same," Fulop told NJ Advance Media.
Fulop a Instead of going to a "zero race for both sides", he would rather see New York working with New Jersey to plan long-term transportation planning.
The potential impact of New York's price jam zone on New Jersey is significant. Let's start with changed traffic patterns.
According to the plan, motorists using the Lincoln Tunnel and the Holland Tunnel would receive credit based on tolls. However, motorists who take the George Washington will not be offered a break bridge, as mentioned on Friday by Governor Phil Murphy in a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
said Steve Carrellas, director of government and public affairs The New Jersey chapter of the National Motorists Association said the inequality could cause additional drivers to switch from New York to the already overcrowded tunnels.
"New York does not care, because it does not pose a new problem for them," said Carrellas.
Manhattan drivers switching to suburban traffic, such as NJ Transit and PATH.
The problem is that all revenue will go towards New York, not in additional trains and infrastructure improvements in New Jersey
This concerns Fulop.
"There are many different transit problems that are underfunded, not just the MTA," Fulop said, citing the agency overseeing the subways.
Murphy, In his letter to Cuomo, Cuomo asked to share some of the revenue with NJ Transit and PATH.
According to AAA Northeast, who opposes the plan, eighty percent of revenue will flow into the subways. The railways Long Island and Metro North would each receive 1
Cuomo had not publicly responded on Monday afternoon.
The fact that toll charges are not known for the congestion is one of the most important unresolved details.
A collapse The plan provided by AAA Northeast states that a six-member Traffic Mobility Review Board will submit recommendations on tariffs by November 2020, subject to the approval of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.
The FDR Drive and the West Side Highway are located south of 61st Street and will not be included in the traffic jam zone. Exceptions are also provided for rescue vehicles and for qualified vehicles transporting people with disabilities.
Signs are placed at the entrances of the Static Pricing Zone to alert drivers that they may not be charged
Robert Sinclair, a spokesperson for AAA Northeast – the acronym for American Automobile Association – said his organization opposes the New York Pricing Initiative, because it comes too short for motorists.
Sinclair said that New York is likely to save around $ 1 billion in junk calculations every year, but "no nickel" is heading for road improvement.
"There is already a lot of money that drivers contribute to the MTA and now we are being asked to dig deeper," said Sinclair.
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