Governor Andrew Cuomo has drawn a lot of attention for just how much it might cost to cross a new Tappan Zee Bridge, but it turns out the administration is also mulling tolls on a few other spans: those crossing the East River.
In the spring, Sam Schwartz, the former city DOT commissioner, unveiled a new plan for tolls throughout the five boroughs, though the main focus is the East River bridges. Mr. Schwartz calls it “The Fair Plan: a More Equitable Formula for the New York Metro Area.” He is insistent people not call it congestion pricing, a reasonable point since the last push for charges on drivers entering the central part of Manhattan died a very public death four years ago. Political motivations abounded, a risk he is trying to tamp down.
On Monday, Mr. Schwartz took his plan for tolls—a few more dollars here, a few less there, add a toll for bikes, discourage trucks on surface roads, so on and so forth—to the City Planning Commission. Read More