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The Battle Continues Over Bloomberg’s Congestion Pricing Plan

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

City Comptroller Bill Thompson threw his support behind Mayor Bloomberg's plan to charge drivers entering Manhattan. HOWEVER, Thompson is proposing that non-residents pay more than city residents. He's calling for fees of 10 dollars and 5 dollars, compared to the flat 8 dollar fee proposed by Bloomberg.

REPORTER: Thompson says the mayor's plan penalizes city residents - who are likely to use the free East River bridges - more than commuters from Long Island or New Jersey who probably pay tolls.

THOMPSON: So if you come across the George Washington Bridge you do that now anyway. If that amount is deducted from the 8 dollar charge, you're paying less than somebody from Brooklyn or Queens. It's a question of equity and fairness.

REPORTER: Members of the Queens chamber of commerce, however, say they still oppose any fee. Meanwhile, the proposal's fate is still up to Albany. A version was introduced in the State Senate but no bill has yet been introduced in the Assembly and the session ends tomorrow. A special session on the matter could be held next month.

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