Mayor De Blasio Urges Albany To Approve Congestion Pricing

Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing state lawmakers to get congestion pricing done as part of the state budget, which is due on April 1st.

De Blasio traveled to Albany on Tuesday to make the case in person.He said the plan to charge drivers traveling south of 60th Street in Manhattan would pay for needed subway repairs and improvements.

“I'm encouraged by what I feel is growing urgency. I hear it from straphangers and everyday New Yorkers. I certainly see it registering with members of the Senate and the Assembly. They are hearing from their constituents. They know this is a decisive moment,” de Blasio said.

A number of issues still need to be worked out, including how much the charge would be. Lawmakers are also trying to figure out how to stop drivers from facing multiple tolls when driving into the city.

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