Biden administration green lights nation’s first congestion pricing plan for New York

May 07, 2023

Phil Murphy condemned the approval as “unfair and ill-advised,” and said it undercuts the Biden administration’s own environmental goals. The public transit authority hasn’t determined how much to charge drivers, but has considered fares ranging from $9 to $23 for passenger vehicles and between $12 and $82 for trucks. The state approved congestion pricing in 2019 to raise $1 billion annually for the MTA’s capital plan. Transit officials said the Trump administration held up the process amid political infighting with New York, with former Gov. In 2021, the Biden administration said New York could conduct an environmental assessment, instead of a more rigorous environmental impact study.