Government scams come in many guises, but few are more misleading than the boondoggle known as congestion pricing. The version threatened for Manhattan has little to do with relieving congestion and everything to do with pouring another mountain of cash down the transit-system sinkhole.
The worst part is that the enormous new tax, likely more than $11 for cars and $25 for trucks, wouldn’t fix either of the problems it is ostensibly meant to solve. Advocates don’t expect much of a reduction in traffic, and they concede that the $1 billion collected annually would not be nearly enough to rescue the MTA.
Nonetheless, it’s full speed ahead on the road to nowhere. This is New York at its worst.