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Congestion Pricing Plan Approved; More Funding for Mass Transit

A commission appointed by Gov. Spitzer and the Assembly voted in favor of a slightly modified version of Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan. According to the NYT City Room, “The plan produced by the commission was generally the same as the mayor’s original plan with a few differences. The mayor wanted the pricing zone to begin at 86th street, instead of 60th, and the original plan had fees for trips within the zone as well as for cars entering the area.” Now the plan must receive approval from the City Council, the Mayor, and the State Legislature. The money raised through the fees – estimated at $491 million annually – will be dedicated to improving the mass transit system. How about improving the subway connections at Penn Station?