Comptroller Offers Congestion Pricing Fixes

City Comptroller Bill Thompson has offered two solutions to nagging complains about Mayor Michael Bloomberg's congestion pricing proposal.

In a letter to Gov. David Paterson, Thompson, a mayoral candidate, recommends that all drivers get three free trips a month into Manhattan's central business district to go to doctors appointments and make other necessary trips.

He also suggested eliminating the way that bridge and tunnel tolls can offset the $8-a-day congestion charge. He said such an offset would allow New Jersey residents crossing the Hudson River to escape paying the fee.

Bloomberg has proposed forcing the Port Authority to fork over $1 billion to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as a compromise.

But Thompson says the Port Authority would invest that much money in New York projects anyway even if there weren't a congestion fee.