If your trucking travels take you to or through the busiest part of New York City's business district, be prepared to pay an additional fee if a plan to reduce traffic congestion and raise money for mass transit is approved next year.
Under the congestion pricing plan, big trucks will be charged $36 to enter that part of Manhattan below 60th Street. Small trucks will be charged $24. Automobile drivers will pay $15.
All vehicles will be charged electronically under the program proposed by the Traffic Mobility Review Board, a New York state body charged with advising the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on tolls included in what would be the first such pal in the U.S. The cities of London and Stockholm already have similar programs in place.
There are discounts included in the proposal for vehicles entering lower Manhattan between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The MTA is expected to vote on the proposed plan following a series of public hearings in February.
The congestion pricing plan is projected to raise as much as $1 billion to improve the city's mass transit system.
The State of New Jersey has filed a suit in federal court against the plan.