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MTA wants to sue NYC Marathon for closing Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge

Congestion pricing lawsuits in New Jersey are heading to court today


Congestion pricing lawsuits in New Jersey go to trial today

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NEW YORK — Drivers may not be the only ones feeling the pressure of New York City’s congestion charge.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is asking the New York Road Runners to pay $750,000 annually. The MTA says this is the amount it will lose in toll revenue if the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge is closed to cars for the race.

“New Yorkers love Marathon Sunday, but taxpayers cannot be expected to subsidize a wealthy non-governmental organization like the New York Road Runners to the tune of $750,000. The MTA is willing to continue working toward a final agreement with the NYRR, provided it results in full reimbursement of lost revenue over time,” the agency said in a statement.

Congestion pricing in court

Meanwhile, a hearing on congestion tolls will take place in New Jersey on Wednesday. A federal court judge in Newark will hear oral arguments between state and federal transportation officials.

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New Jersey sued the U.S. Department of Transportation last year in an attempt to stop the plan. Critics say the MTA has failed to do so conduct a full environmental impact studyand they have expressed their concerns traffic in areas outside the congestion zone as drivers try to avoid the tolls.

MTA officials say congestion pricing is is expected to start in Junein treatment various ongoing lawsuits. They say the lawsuits could not only delay the rollout, but also threaten to delay other projectssuch as modernizing the metro signal system.

The new toll charges most drivers $15 to enter Manhattan’s Central Business District below 60th Street during rush hours.

The costs are lower for motorcycles and car sharing, but higher for trucks. Some exceptions have been made school buses and city vehiclesbut not for city employees who drive to work in their private cars.

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