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Cuomo’s transport deputy unveils congestion pricing details at Brooklyn Chamber’s Newsmakers event | Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Owners: ‘It’s going to hurt business’

If congestion pricing is put into effect, it’s going to cost a whole lot more to get to Manhattan by car, Michael Wojnar, deputy secretary of transportation for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, told a crowd at the Brooklyn Chamber’s Newsmakers event in Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday.

Wojnar gave the attendees the latest details available on the proposal, which is included in the upcoming state budget. If the budget passes on April 1 — “and it better,” Wojnar said — congestion pricing would not be implemented any sooner than 2021.

Congestion pricing is designed to cut back on vehicles clogging the city’s streets and raise funds to fix the MTA. The proposal would charge roughly $11.52 to vehicles traveling into Manhattan’s central business district, south of 60th Street.

As part of the roll out, taxis and ride-share vehicles like Uber and Lyft have already started charging customers a $2.75 surcharge per ride in the district. (Pooled trip riders pay $.75 each.)

“There will be a single uniform price for entering the central business district, no matter which entry point you use,” Woljar said. “So the four bridges that are free now will have a toll upon entering the zone.” The bridges will use cashless tolls, which don’t require booths.

He added, “We’re trying to eliminate bridge shopping.”

“I have a very good feeling that there’s consensus around a variable price, so it’s not the same price overnight as it is during the day or morning. But that will be a product of discussions to come over the next several months,” he said.

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