MTA Announces Panelists Who Will Set New NYC Congestion Toll Rates

New York’s new tolls for drivers entering Manhattan below 60th Street will be set by a panel composed of five business leaders, MTA CEO Janno Lieber announced Wednesday.

The “Traffic Mobility Review Board,” tasked with setting fees and exceptions to congestion charges, will be chaired by former city planning chairman Carl Weisbrod, who is now a senior adviser at urban development firm HR&A Advisors, Lieber said.

Former New York City Real Estate Council President John Banks, real estate expert Scott Rechler, construction manager Elizabeth Velez and Partnership for NYC President Kathy Wylde round out the panelists selected by Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Mayor Eric Adams also has a seat on the board that he has yet to fill, City Hall said.

Transit officials are in the midst of a comprehensive environmental impact assessment of the toll program that ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature in 2019.

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MTA has set up a panel of five business leaders called the “Traffic mobility Review Board” that will recommend toll prices and possible toll exemptions.
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Janno Lieber, CEO of MTA, announced that tolls for drivers entering Manhattan below 60th Street will take effect no later than early 2024.
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A first draft of the analysis will be released next month, Lieber said. The MTA currently anticipates that the toll will come into effect in late 2023 or early 2024.

The Traffic Mobility Review Board will recommend toll prices and possible exceptions to the MTA Board, which will ultimately have the final say on the level of the toll.

Speaking to reporters at the agency’s monthly board meeting, Lieber noted that three of the panelists — Weisbrod, Rechler and Velez — are former or current MTA board members.

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The previous chairman of the city planning commission, Carl Weisbrod, will chair the “Traffic Mobility Review Board”.
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“That’s probably the only unifying factor, that they’re people who understand the MTA that studied us,” he said. MTA Announces Panelists Who Will Set New NYC Congestion Toll Rates


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