NYC Plans $15 Congestion Pricing To Drive In Manhattan Despite Huge Backlash

People try to take a look of the 2023 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree as it is lifted by a crane into place at Rockefeller Plaza Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

MTA chief Janno Lieber said Friday that like it or not, congestion pricing is happening — as about 100 New York City firefighters and scores of other foes showed up at a public hearing in Manhattan to protest it.

While the hearing was the transit agency’s second in two days to supposedly listen to the public over the proposed back-breaking new $15 Midtown toll, Lieber told reporters during a break that any attempts to halt the plan are DOA at this point.

“This is frequently represented like I went on a drinking binge and came up with this idea in funding the MTA,’’ the agency’s chairman and CEO griped of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s hotly controversial plan targeting drivers traveling south of 60th Street in Manhattan.

“It’s time for all of you in the press to make it clear: This is state law, and we’re just trying to implement it in an effective way,’’ he said.

“This is not about whether we’re doing congestion pricing or not. It’s about [whether] the proposed toll structure makes sense and how much to adjust it.”

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