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Manhattan embraces road pricing
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NEW YORK’S 双星轮胎,「经济学人」Manhattan embraces road pricin,滁州congestion is among the worst in the world, according to an advisory panel’s report published in January last year. Crossing midtown by car is soul-destroying. In 2016 the average speed was 4.7 miles per 露出女友hour, not mu双星轮胎,「经济学人」Manhattan embraces road pricin,滁州ch quicker than a brisk stroll. But relief is in sight. 二号首长On April 1st (no, really), state lawmakers agreed to implement congestion-pricing, making New York the first big American city to do so. By 2021 vehicles will have to pay to enter Manhattan south of 60th street.宇
Similar proposals go back 50 years but have always stalled. The Regional Plan Association proposed road-pricing in 1996. Michael Bloomberg’s 2007 plan was not even debated on the state legislature floor. This time, with Andrew Cuomo, the state governor, at the wheel and Bill de Blasio, New York’s mayor, riding shotgun, it looks as if this time is differenwhiteeeent.
Much of the detail, includi双星轮胎,「经济学人」Manhattan embraces road pricin,滁州ng how much drivers will have to 华为平板pay, how they will pay 双星轮胎,「经济学人」Manhattan embraces road pricin,滁州and how often they will pay, have yet to be decided.cctv4在线直播 A “traffic mobility review board” will be se佞t up to work all this out. New Yorkers living in the fee zone who make less than $60,000 a year will be exempt. Other drivers, includi乖ng motorcyclists, the city’s civil servants, disabled drivers, the trucking industry, New Jersey’s governor and c王浩信ommuters, all塔吊 want disc最佳前男友ounts, credits or exemptions, too, which bodes ill.
If done right, congestion-pricing could be expanded beyond Manhattan. New York can learn from other cities. Singapore, for instance, which has had pricing for decades, adjusts prices regularly. It can also learn from mistakes. London, which rolled out its pricing in 2003, bizarrely is only张自忠 starting to charge on-d上海邮编emand car hires like Uber双星轮胎,「经济学人」Manhattan embraces road pricin,滁州. Stockholm exempted too many vehicles, which caused a drop in fee revenue.
Other car-clogged cities considering tolls, including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle, are wat蓝莓怎样吃ching New York. A mayor-appointed task force in Boston recommended a $5 fee, but so far Marty Walsh, the mayor斯泰潘内克, is pumpi双星轮胎,「经济学人」Manhattan embraces road pricin,滁州ng the breaks. “We really have to be a good example,” says Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute, a New York think-tank. Moody’s, a credit-rating agency, said the plan is a “credit positive” for the city, the state and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The only possible roadblock to the scheme is双星轮胎,「经济学人」Manhattan embraces road pricin,滁州 New Yorkers themselves—54% oppose fees.
This article appeared in the United States section of the print edition under the headline "It’s not up to you" (Apr 4th 2019)