New York City to install ERP-style toll in bid to ease traffic

New York is set to become the first city in the United States to implement congestion pricing.
New York is set to become the first city in the United States to implement congestion pricing.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Drivers to be charged once a day for entering CBD under plan to be effected after 2020

New York City, where central business district (CBD) traffic slows to such a crawl that cycling is faster than driving, will become the first city in the United States to charge drivers for entering its busiest zone.

Much like Singapore's Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system, the congestion pricing plan aims to ease the gridlock and will take effect after 2020, according to the annual state budget passed by lawmakers last week.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 14, 2019, with the headline 'New York City to install ERP-style toll in bid to ease traffic'. Print Edition | Subscribe