Opinion: How New York got congestion pricing, and why Boston should be next

New York City is very likely to become the first city in the United States to implement a traffic reduction and transit funding policy known as congestion pricing. The plan, which establishes a toll, probably to be around $11 a day, to drive into Manhattan below 60th Street, is expected to relieve the city’s gridlocked streets, cut greenhouse gases, and provide billions of dollars in new revenue to fix the city’s ailing mass transit system.

But why should Greater Boston — or any big city in America — pay attention to what goes on in Manhattan? Well, for starters, Boston recently overtook New York to rank number one in the nation in traffic congestion, according to a study by transportation analysis firm INRIX.