NYC: Judge Extends Block Of Congestion Pricing Plan Through Jan. 31

A judge ruled that the restraining order blocking Manhattan congestion pricing on yellow cabs and for-hire vehicles will remain in effect until Jan. 31.

Surcharges were supposed to take effect Jan. 1.

“The decision to further delay the implementation of this law will cost the MTA more than $1 million each day. The law, which was approved by the Legislature, will generate hundreds of millions of dollars to improve the subway, and we intend to defend it vigorously at the next court date so that New Yorkers have a safe, reliable transportation system.” said Patrick Muncie of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

Before the hearing, taxi drivers and advocates rallied to fight congestion pricing, saying increasing the price of a cab ride would turn customers away and hurt their already struggling business, CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported.

“How can I make a living here? What do you want from me? Do you want my heart? Do you want my kidney?” driver Nicolae Hand said.