MTA congestion pricing public hearings begin next week

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The MTA will be hosting virtual public hearings beginning next week on the state’s long-delayed congestion pricing proposal to bring vehicle tolling to Manhattan.

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The proposal could bring tolling to vehicles entering Manhattan below 60th Street as a way to cut vehicle emissions while raising funding for public transit. After being passed in the 2019 state budget, the idea is slowly moving forward as vehicle use soars in New York City and the MTA struggles to fill budget gaps.

The MTA plans to live-stream 13 meetings in total on their website, beginning Thursday, Sept. 23. Ten meetings will focus on concerns from specific regions and three will be dedicated to environmental justice.

New York City would be the first U.S. city to implement congestion pricing, a proposal pioneered in cities like Singapour, London and Stockholm that advocates have endorsed to improve traffic and pollution.

Meeting attendees can register to speak in advance either online or by phone at (646) 252-6777.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Regional Meetings

— Thursday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to noon: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island

— Thursday, Sept. 23, 6-8 p.m.: Manhattan Central Business District (60th Street and below)

— Friday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to noon: New Jersey

— Wednesday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to noon: Northern New York City Suburbs

— Wednesday, Sept. 29, 6-8 p.m.: Long Island

— Thursday, Sept. 30, 6-8 p.m.: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island

— Friday, Oct. 1, 1-3 p.m.: Connecticut

— Monday, Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m.: New Jersey

— Tuesday, Oct. 5, 6-8 p.m.: Northern New York City Suburbs

— Wednesday, Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m.: Manhattan Outside the Central Business District (61st Street and above)