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Congestion pricing is coming to New York City. What LA can learn from its East Coast rival

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New York has passed a proposal to impose tolls on vehicles entering central Manhattan as a way to reduce traffic and raise transit revenue.

Beginning in 2021, the toll would vary based on the time and day, and while no specific toll amounts have been suggested, earlier estimates had pegged the figure as high as $12. Motorists would automatically pay the electronically collected toll when they drive south of 61st Street. Similar “congestion pricing” toll proposals have failed in the past, but supporters said increasing subway delays and service problems have demonstrated the urgent need to reinvest in transit.

Now that New York is implementing a form of congestion pricing, many expect other big cities like Los Angeles to do the same.

How would L.A. go about conceiving its congestion pricing policy, given what New York has passed?

With files from the Associated Press


Henry Goldman, City Hall reporter for Bloomberg in New York who’s been following the story

Liisa Ecola, senior policy analyst at the Rand Corporation who focuses on transportation and land use issues

Martin Wachs, professor emeritus of urban planning at UCLA