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MTA's Controversial Congestion Pricing Plan Could Be Delayed Until At Least 2023

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's  congestion pricing plan may take a little longer to roll out.

The plan could be delayed until at least 2023.

Under congestion pricing, drivers would pay to enter Manhattan's central business district.

MORE: MTA Officials: Coronavirus Likely To Prevent Congestion Pricing From Starting In January 2021

The plan was expected to add $15 billion to the MTA's capital plan and reduce congestion.

The transit agency says the delay is due to the federal government.

"The MTA is still pushing for the $12 billion we need in additional emergency federal funding to avoid having to enact a series of draconian service and employee cuts, toll and fare hikes, and a continued freeze of our capital plan. While we're more hopeful the Central Business District Tolling Program will move forward under a Biden administration, we continue to await clarity from the feds on what type of environmental review will be required that will help determine when the program will be enacted," said Ken Lovett, senior advisor to MTA chairman and CEO Pat Foye.


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