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Poll: fewer New Yorkers support mayor's congestion pricing proposal
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09:10, November 20, 2007

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Some 61 percent of New Yorkers are now against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to charge drivers to enter Midtown Manhattan during peak hours, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

The number is up 4 percent from August and 9 percent from July.

The biggest drop in support is in Manhattan, where only 46 percent support the plan, dropping sharply from 54 percent in August.

In the other four boroughs of the city, 70 percent of those surveyed in the Bronx, 65 percent in Queens, 63 percent in Brooklyn and on Staten Island, oppose the plan, the poll found.

Quinnipiac surveyed more than 1,000 registered voters in the city last week. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

The mayor's plan would charge 8 U.S. dollars for cars and 21 dollars for commercial trucks that enter Manhattan below 86th Street between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, or 4 dollars for drivers within the congestion zone, with several exceptions.

If the measure is approved by the legislature, New York City will become the first city in the United States to impose a broad congestion charge system, which was introduced in London in 2003 and has been credited with reducing traffic there.

Source: Xinhua

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