Rally against Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan

April 7, 2008 3:43:30 AM PDT
New York City politicians are weighing in on a plan to charge motorists to drive into Manhattan traffic, a day before a deadline to vote on it. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's congestion pricing proposal would charge motorists $8 and truckers $21 to drive into the most heavily trafficked parts of Manhattan. If the state Legislature doesn't approve it by Monday, the city could lose more than $350 million in federal startup funds.

City Councilman David Weprin and other lawmakers rallied against the plan Sunday; Weprin says the proposed fee would hurt small businesses and unfairly tax commuters from outside Manhattan.

Bloomberg says lawmakers against the plan will have to answer to New Yorkers when mass transit improvements they hoped for aren't available.