New York to become 1st North American city to charge drivers congestion tolls

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New York is on track to become the first U.S. city with congestion tolls on drivers entering its central business district after transit officials approved a $15 US fee for most motorists headed to the busiest part of Manhattan.

Members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board on Wednesday voted to greenlight the congestion pricing plan, expected to go into effect in June, and brushed off requests for exceptions by dozens of groups of commuters.

The vote authorizes a $15 toll on most commuter passenger vehicles that drive into Manhattan south of 60th Street, a zone that’s south of Central Park, during

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