RELEASE: Gottheimer Statement on Congestion Tax: “Worse than we originally thought.”

Dec 06, 2023
Press

NORTH JERSEY — Today, Wednesday, December 6, 2023, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) released the following statement in response to today’s MTA’s Congestion Tax vote:

“It’s hard to believe, but today New York and the MTA actually increased the Congestion Tax pricing that they announced just a few days ago. The mismanaged MTA’s commuter-crushing Congestion Tax is worse than we originally thought. 

At a minimum, it will cost $15/day or $4,000/year to commute over the GWB. 

Now, for the new additional hidden fees, which is the number I’ll be using going forward:

No E-ZPASS: $22.50/day, or more than $5000/year to go over the GWB.

New “Gridlock Alert Days” — which are up to New York’s discretion: Add 25% to prices. That’s $28/day and more than $7,000/year at the GWB.

And an ability to increase the Congestion Tax 10% in 2024.

Bottom line: if you commute, want to see a doctor, or grab dinner in New York City, get ready to pay $40 to go over the GWB in 2024 — in addition to gas and parking. Yes, $40 Congestion Tax.

Even Governor Hochul said the Congestion Tax is just a plan to rescue the MTA from years of billion dollar budget holes and mismanagement. The MTA lost $700 million last year alone to people who didn’t pay to ride — fare skippers. 

The MTA is a hot mess and just desperate for cash.” 

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