New York will find out if its fight against traffic congestion will get a boost Tuesday, when the U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to announce which cities will share a portion of grant money being handed out to fight gridlock.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg hopes the city will get 500 million dollars of the money, which he would spend on introducing his proposed congestion charging plan. Bloomberg said he was optimistic.
The mayor wants to charge cars eight U.S. dollars and commercial trucks21 dollars to enter Manhattan below 86th Street between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays. Drivers living within the congestion zone would be charged 4 dollars.
If the measure is approved by the legislature, New York will become the first city in the United States to impose a broad system of congestion charging, which was introduced in London in 2003 and has been credited with reducing traffic there.
New York state lawmakers are setting up a commission to look into the idea.