New York, NY —
City and state legislators have just 13 days before they're required to vote on a plan to charge an $8 fee to drivers for entering the busiest parts of Manhattan. Yet congestion pricing seems far from their minds. The economy, the mood on Wall Street, the upcoming city and state budgets seem to loom larger.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg sought to remind legislators of the importance of congestion pricing by appearing with U.S. transportation secretary Mary Peters who supports the plan and is promising millions in federal aid if it's approved.