Congestion pricing passes NY City Council

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A plan to charge New York City drivers extra tolls in congested parts of Manhattan is a step closer to approval.

The New York City Council has approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal.

The "congestion pricing" plan now goes to the state legislature in Albany.

The Legislature must approve the plan by April 7th or the city stands to lose 354 million dollars in funding promised by the federal government to help kick-start the initiative.

Congestion pricing is intended to cut traffic and pollution by forcing more commuters onto mass transit. The money collected through the tolls would go toward mass-transit improvements.

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