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Everyone’s Got a ‘Special Reason’ Not to Pay Congestion-Pricing Tolls

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Everyone’s Got a ‘Special Reason’ Not to Pay Congestion-Pricing Tolls

New York Post April 22, 2019
Urban PolicyNYCInfrastructure & Transportation

Congestion pricing is the law of the land. Come 2021, everyone will pay a fee to drive below 60th Street — that is, unless you get a coveted exemption. A six-person “traffic-mobility-review” board, named by the Metropolitian Transportation ­Authority, will determine who is special, including because of “hardships” and “public impact.”

The legislation itself exempts any “individual” who lives in the congestion zone and earns less than $60,000 a year.

Sure, maybe you’re the mythical $50,000 earner driving from the Lower East Side to Queens to work and wanting to drive back home. But by this logic, everyone who is doing the reverse commute — driving from Queens to work on the Lower East Side — deserves the same consideration. So no one earning under $60,000 should pay.

Who else? The Police Benevolent Association flags commuting police officers. Union chief Pat Lynch wrote recently that “first ­responders and other public employees in critical roles . . . shouldn’t have to pay a toll every time we report for duty.”

Fair enough. If we’re going to exempt police officers, though, we’ve got to do so for firefighters, sanitation workers and corrections ­officers, too. Do you want to live surrounded by garbage and fires, all thanks to the MTA?

Continue reading the entire piece here at the New York Post

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Nicole Gelinas is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor at City Journal. Follow her on Twitter here.

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