NYC Congestion Pricing Makes Traveling By Car More Expensive

The congestion pricing fee schedule has been finalized and it will begin on June 30.

High angle view of manhattan New York motor vehicles entering the queens midtown tunnel on first and Second Avenues and 36th Street
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Being a driver or passenger in Manhattan will be getting more expensive. The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) overwhelmingly approved the proposed congestion pricing plan by a 12-1 vote. As of June 30, 2024, motorists entering what the MTA is calling the Congestion Relief Zone (streets and avenues at or below 60th Street in Manhattan) will have to pay a toll. 

There are still a few small hiccups. The MTA is still facing seven lawsuits that oppose the plan, but the agency is undeterred and will continue working toward implementation. The 110 gantries needed to detect motorists entering the zone and assess tolls have been erected. 

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Fees for vehicles using E-ZPass
Vehicle TypePeak Congestion Fees in effect 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. weekendsOff Peak Pricing
Passenger drivers$15.00$3.75
Motorcycles$7.50$1.75
Passengers of taxis green taxis, and black cars$1.25 per rideN/A
Uber, Lyft, other ride-shares passengers$2.50 per rideN/A
Small trucks$24.00$6.00
Large trucks$36.00$9.00
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Fees for vehicles NOT using E-ZPass
Vehicle TypePeak Congestion Fees in effect 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. weekendsOff Peak Pricing
Passenger drivers$22.50$5.50
Motorcycles$11.25$2.75
Passengers of taxis green taxis, and black cars$1.25 per rideN/A
Uber, Lyft, other ride-shares passengers$2.50N/A
Small trucks$36.00$9.00
Large trucks$54.00$13.50

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Donna LeValley
Personal Finance Writer

Donna joined Kiplinger as a personal finance writer in 2023. She spent more than a decade as the contributing editor of J.K.Lasser's Your Income Tax Guide and edited state specific legal treatises at ALM Media. She has shared her expertise as a guest on Bloomberg, CNN, Fox, NPR, CNBC and many other media outlets around the nation.