State Kills Manhattan Toll Plan

Mayor fails to win support for 'congestion pricing' to ease traffic
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2007 5:50 AM CDT
Traffic fills Times Square, Friday, June 8, 2007 in New York. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to ease Manhattan traffic through congestion pricing got a boost Thursday from U.S. Secretary of Transportation...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – New York state senators put the brakes on a scheme to charge drivers $8 to enter the busiest parts of Manhattan in peak hours, the New York Times reports. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg not only failed to convince lawmakers, he appeared to alienate them in testy meetings in Albany.

"If the mayor came in with one vote, he left with none," said one Brooklyn Democrat. "His posture was not ingratiating." The plan, known as congestion pricing, is based on a similar scheme in central London in operation since 2003 to reduce traffic in the busiest areas of a city. It has never been attempted in an American city. (Read more Michael Bloomberg stories.)