The NY Daily News Reports: With his congestion pricing plan dead for now, Mayor Bloomberg said he’d support putting tolls on the bridges into Manhattan.
“Tolling the bridges actually makes a lot of sense,” the mayor said. “It’s easier to do. It is bigger. It includes upper Manhattan.”
A commission last year said $4 tolls on every free crossing into Manhattan could raise $859 million. It is one option likely to be considered by a special panel studying how to raise money for the cash-strapped MTA.
Bloomberg’s plan to charge drivers $8 to enter Manhattan below 60th St. on weekdays died in Albany earlier this year after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) declined to bring it up for a vote, saying his members were overwhelmingly opposed to it.
The mayor, though, insisted that it had enough votes to pass, but lawmakers were afraid to vote publicly.
“Some of the legislators didn’t want to go on the record and vote,” Bloomberg said. “It would have passed with a very big majority if it was brought up to the vote. But what they do is, they don’t bring it up for a vote.”
(Source: NY Daily News)