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The Quick Facts
- Yesterday, New York passed the country's first congestion pricing plan, an attempt to curb traffic by tolling drivers in the business district of Manhattan.
- In a congestion-based tolling system, all drivers would have to pay a fee in order to enter and drive within the city zone. The fee will be variable, depending on the traffic volume at certain times.
- The goal of the plan is to reduce gridlock traffic while also generating money to help the city’s mass transit system.
- New York is the first U.S. city to pass congestion pricing, but international cities like London and Stockholm have been using the model for decades. Other states and cities, in particular San Francisco and Los Angeles, have been weighing options for a similar system.
- Some cities around the U.S. have demand-based tolls on highways that rise during busy times of the day, but none have come close to New York’s plan which will restrict an entire district.