New Jersey residents are fuming over New York’s pending new Manhattan congestion tax — and threatening to exhaust each possibility to stall the plan.
“It’s taxation without representation,” Ron Simoncini, government director of the brand new Fair Congestion Pricing Alliance, advised The Post. Members of the alliance are upset by what they are saying is a New York plan to decide the pockets of 1000’s of New Jersey residents.
“We’re not going to relent if New Jersey commuters are discriminated against, period,” Gov. Murphy mentioned at a current assembly of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, Politico reported.
At odds are charges New Jersey drivers shall be pressured to pay the state of New York to drive into Manhattan’s “congestion zone” under sixtieth Street. New York’s objective is to implement the plan in 2023 and use the funds to enhance MTA providers.
Hearings by New York officers with New Jersey residents to focus on congestion charges are “a dog and pony show,” Simoncini mentioned.
For New Jersey drivers, these charges will come as well as to the burden they already bear, as a lot as $16 per day, to drive into Manhattan by way of the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels or over the George Washington Bridge.
Tunnel and bridge charges profit the joint NY/NJ Port Authority, Simoncini famous, which amongst different providers gives PATH rail journey between the 2 states. Manhattan’s congestion tax will fill solely New York’s coffers.
“The Port Authority does not have a seat at the table” setting congestion charge coverage, Simoncini mentioned, regardless that New York “needs the Port Authority to get people into Manhattan.”
The congestion tax may price New Jersey auto commuters an extra $3,000 per 12 months to fund the New York City subway system.
Unless New York makes concessions, Gov. Murphy threatened on the Morris County assembly to unleash the “nuclear option” and veto Port Authority minutes — a transfer which might put the authorized brakes on any motion the Authority plans to take.
Opposition to the plan exists amongst Manhattan residents, too, particularly those that live inside the congestion zone.
New York just isn’t possible to relent in its effort to pressure all drivers to share the prices, mentioned state Sen. Brad Hoylman, (D-Manhattan), who represents a lot of the congestion district and helps the plan.
“The statute does not have any allowance for New Jersey drivers,” Hoylman advised The Post. “In fact I think (New Jersey) should consider their own congestion charge if their goal is to encourage people to use mass transit and make streets safer and cleaner.”