Around the world, cities are charging—or proposing—congestion fees to drivers in an attempt to deter traffic in busy downtown zones—a cost that will certainly be added to meeting transportation prices.
Already in place in some cities in Europe and Asia, New York is poised become the first major U.S. city with a congestion fee later this year.
Later this year, New York City drivers could face a traffic congestion charge of up to $23 a day. The city is proposing a daily variable toll for vehicles entering or remaining within the central business district, defined as between 60th Street in midtown Manhattan and Battery Park on Manhattan’s southern tip.
The plan cleared a major hurdle on the national level last month, when the Biden administration approved the release of the final environmental assessment for public comment, an important step before final approval.