N.Y. Gov. Postpones Congestion Toll

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced an eleventh hour-pause on the planned Manhattan congestion fee. 

In a June 5 video, Hochul said the program “risks too many unintended consequences for New Yorkers at this time,” directing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to halt the rollout. 

The toll was set to take effect June 30, with all trucks being charged between $24 and $36 to enter Manhattan below Central Park (60th Street and lower) during the day, and between $6 and $9 at night. The truck’s size and function would have determined the specific amount. 

The governor cited financial pressures as the reason for pausing the toll, explaining that her “focus must be on putting more money back in people’s pockets.” 

A lawsuit was recently filed by the Trucking Association of New York to prevent the fee from taking effect. Hochul referenced that in her speech, saying “given the lawsuits and many other attacks on this process, we have already had to prepare for the possibility that congestion pricing could be delayed.”