Michael Bloomberg, the current mayor of New York City, is exploring a new idea that, in attempting to reduce pollution caused by hundreds of thousands of vehicles idling in traffic jams, would charge a fee for all vehicles that enter it. The plans is called "Congestion Pricing." The city of London, England already has a similar plan.
What does Congestion Pricing call for? It would impose a stiff fee of $8 for cars and $21 for trucks that enter the city below 86th Street. The hope is that this would result in more people using public transportation for their expeditions into New York. The money the city garners would then be used to improve public transportation.
Many are against the idea because there are people who, due to circumstances, must use their own vehicles to travel into the city. It could also make traffic congestion worse in other parts of the city.
The plan is winning support and the news media has appeared to have signed on, too.
More details can be found at the article below. Our take? So who’s right? Will traffic be reduced and the use of public transportation elevated? Will the plan cause more traffic jams in the areas of the city that are not seeing it now? Perhaps the way to find out is to implement the plan for a short period of time and study the results. If the opponents are right, deep six the plan. However, if the proponents are correct, then extend the time period and continue to study until all concerned are satisfied that Congestion Pricing works and the plan can be made permanent. Experiment, test, and evaluate.