Editorial: NYC congestion toll plan can help keep Long Island moving

New Yorkers deserve a modern transit system on par with the best around the world. They deserve to travel through Manhattan safely and smoothly. And they deserve cleaner air and better health.

It’s rare that a big idea comes along that can address all of that at once.

But a plan to reduce traffic congestion in Manhattan by charging a toll to enter the central business district south of 61st Street would do that. It could have a broad impact on quality of life by reducing traffic on busy Manhattan streets, getting more trucks and cars off the roads, lowering carbon emissions, making the area safer for pedestrians, and even lowering asthma rates.