NJ commuters won't have to pay more to enter the city

New Jersey residents can feel relieved that for now they won?t have to pay more to enter the city. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had been pushing to increase the rates for Jersey commuters to

News 12 Staff

Jul 17, 2007, 6:36 PM

Updated 6,117 days ago

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NJ commuters won't have to pay more to enter the city
New Jersey residents can feel relieved that for now they won?t have to pay more to enter the city.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had been pushing to increase the rates for Jersey commuters to enter the city. According to Bloomberg?s plan, cars and trucks would have to start paying $8 and $21, respectively, to enter the city below 86th street.
Thousands of New Jersey commuters enter the city through the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels on a daily basis. These drivers, who already pay a few dollars each way in and out of the city, are happy that the prices won?t be increasing right now.
"Bloomberg says it's going to reduce congestion, make it easier to get around the city, help the environment, things like that,? Marlon Segovia, a resident of North Bergen, said. ?As far as $8 , we already pay $6 to go in, that's what $14 to go into the city? It's expensive enough in there.?
However, Michael Surgent, a limo driver from Clifton who commutes to the city, is all for the mayor?s congestion pricing plan.
?The traffic is just unbearable. People clogging up the intersections and the streets, it's hard to get anywhere in the city,? Surgent said. ?Some days, you try to go around the block, it takes 20 minutes."
One reason for Surgent backing up the mayor?s plan may be that as a limo driver, he would have been exempt from the new costs. "For me it would have been a benefit because I drive in the city and apparently I would have been exempt,? Surgent said. ?Yeah, I'm a limo driver, so it would have helped me out a lot, traffic wise.?
Legislators in Albany, New York say they will continue to discuss congestion pricing.


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