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MTA employees will answer citizens' questions about the Manhattan toll: sign up for the webinars


Alina Prikhodko

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Starting June 30, New York will introduce a congestion fee for entering Manhattan. What does it mean? According to NBC New York, the MTA will hold virtual sessions for citizens to explain everything.

According to the MTA, six webinars will be held in June, which will talk about how this program works, how it should make money, who has right to discounts or benefits, and what you need to know about the congestion toll, which will begin on Sunday, June 30.

The webinars will be 60 minutes long and include a 30-minute presentation on the Manhattan Congestion Relief Zone below 61st Street. You will also be able to ask questions during each session. Those wishing to take part in the webinars must complete pre-registration.

Schedule of open webinars:

  • Wednesday, June 5: 11.00 – 12.00.
  • Thursday, June 6: 12:00 – 13:00.
  • Monday, June 10: 18.00 – 19.00.
  • Friday, June 14: 10.00 – 11.00.
  • Tuesday 18 June: 12:00 – 13:00.
  • Tuesday June 18: 19.00 – 20.00.

For more detailed answers, the MTA has an FAQ page for drivers to reach out with specific questions. For example, can they cross the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan and travel north on FDR Drive without paying.

Who is exempt from tolling in traffic jams?

In April, the Transit Authority began an application process for groups and individuals seeking relief from having to pay every time they enter Manhattan, specifically on or below 60th Street.

The MTA has previously said that most of the vehicles that will receive full toll waivers are government vehicles. MTA officials noted that all yellow school buses are in good order, including New York City public schools, as well as charter, Catholic and private schools.

On the subject: Entry fee to Manhattan: who will get benefits and discounts

The list also includes vehicles that belong to the New York City fleet. The MTA has already made it clear that emergency vehicles will be exempt, as will virtually all city-owned company vehicles. Between dozens of agencies, there are potentially hundreds, if not thousands, of vehicles that will end up on this list.

The third group, commuter buses, is also included in it. MTA officials said the list will include all buses that operate on a scheduled basis and for which tickets can be purchased, including the Hampton Jitney, Greyhound, Mega Bus and Flix Bus. Other charter buses, such as the NY Waterway and the NYU Employee Shuttle, will not be waived.

Are there lower rates available?

Yes, some drivers are eligible for a reduced rate. The MTA said low-income New Yorkers can apply for an exemption that would allow them to pay half the cost. Low-income drivers who earn less than $50 a year can apply to pay half the daytime toll fee, but only after the first 000 trips in a month.

It is important that those who want apply to reduce the tariff, did so as soon as possible so that their license plates would be in the system when it started working after 00:00 on June 30. Get information about the MTA Low Income Discount Program here.

Is there another way to get a discount

Many groups had hoped to receive benefits, but few would be able to avoid entry fees entirely. This small group is limited to specialized government vehicles (such as snow plows) and emergency vehicles.

While not an exemption, so-called credits will be available for drivers using any of the four tunnels to enter Manhattan. This means that those who already pay, such as at Lincoln or Holland Tunnel, will not pay the full entry fee. Credit amounts are $5 per trip for passenger vehicles, $2,50 for motorcycles, $12 for small trucks and $20 for large trucks.

Long Island and Queens drivers using the Queens-Midtown Tunnel will receive the same benefits as those using the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. However, those traveling on the George Washington Bridge and south of 60th Street will not receive such a discount.

They hoped to receive an exemption from the fee for public sector workers (teachers, police officers, firefighters and others), those who live in the so-called CBD (Central Business District), utility companies who visit medical institutions in the area, as well as those who travel by car. electric cars, but they didn't get it.

What about taxis?

The congestion fee will not apply to taxis, but drivers will be charged a $1,25 surcharge per trip. The same rules apply to drivers of Uber, Lyft and other services, but they will pay a surcharge of $2,50.

Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, said in a statement that the program is a "reckless proposal that will ruin the entire workforce."

How pricing works

The fee will affect any driver entering the CBD, which stretches from 60th Street in Manhattan and below, all the way to the southern part of the Financial District.

That is, most drivers entering midtown Manhattan and below will be forced to pay the rate. The fee will be charged to all drivers of cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles, as follows:

  • Passenger cars – $15;
  • Small trucks, such as box trucks - $24;
  • Large trucks - $36;
  • Motorcycles: $7,50.

The $15 entry fee is in between previously announced amounts, which ranged from $9 to $23.

Full day rates will apply from 5:00 to 21:00 on weekdays and from 9:00 to 21:00 on weekends. During non-working hours (from 21:00 to 5:00 on weekdays and from 21:00 to 9:00 on weekends), they will be about 75% lower - about $3,50 instead of $15 for a passenger car. This means that residents who drive into the CBD and drive around their block looking for parking will not be charged.

The entry fee will go into effect on June 30 at 00:01. Any of the lawsuits filed against its introduction could stop the program, but the MTA said it is confident it will win them. All 110 TSA readers are already installed and ready to go.

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