In this Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 photo, traffic is seen making it's way across 42nd Street in New York. A proposal to make part Manhattan a toll zone, where drivers would be charged to drive into the most congested neighborhoods, is gaining momentum, despite continuing criticism from lawmakers representing car-heavy parts of Brooklyn and Queens. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Plan to relieve Manhattan gridlock with tolls gains momentum

January 13, 2018 - 10:40 am

NEW YORK (AP) — A plan to thin New York City's bad traffic by making part of Manhattan a toll zone is gaining momentum after years of political gridlock.

The idea, called "congestion pricing," involves using electronic tolling to charge vehicles for entering certain parts of town during peak traffic hours.

Some big cities already do it, including London, where it can more than $15 to drive into the city center.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he is open to the possibility. He may announce some plan for congestion pricing when he unveils the state budget next week.

The proposal could be a way to fund improvements in the subways.

But skeptics remain. Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to see details. Some state lawmakers say it will unfairly burden their constituents.

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