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City Residents Oppose Congestion Pricing, But Opinions Usually Shift In Favor | NPR

New York City is preparing to become the first urban area in the U.S. to adopt congestion pricing — a fee for drivers entering the city center, designed to reduce gridlock and help fund the city’s struggling subway system.

And nearly two years before the fees are put in place, a poll by Quinnipiac University found that 54% of New Yorkers are opposed to the change in policy. That’s no surprise to experts on transportation policy.

According to years of research, when a city prepares to adopt congestion pricing, residents are largely against the effort.

But once the new charges are in place public opinion shifts, sometimes dramatically, in favor of the new reality.

New York City’s policy, which was adopted by state legislators in Albany, will go into effect in 2021. Interest groups are currently vying for exemptions from the fees, which are expected to be more than $10 per day.

On a recent afternoon, pedestrians on 60th Street — the future dividing line to mark where congestion pricing will kick in — were split, rather predictably, on the question of congestion pricing.

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