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Congestion pricing could bring cleaner air. But maybe not for everyone

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🗞️ Driving the news: A new congestion pricing system has been rolled out in New York City, with the aim of reducing traffic and air pollution in Manhattan
• The toll system will charge drivers entering Manhattan, generating funds for transit improvements and reducing carbon emissions
• However, some areas like the Bronx may experience increased pollution due to rerouted traffic

🔭 The context: Congestion pricing, set to begin on June 30, will charge vehicles $15, with higher rates for trucks
• The system is modeled after successful implementations in cities like London and Stockholm
• While it promises significant benefits, lawsuits in New York and New Jersey may delay its implementation

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This initiative is crucial for New York's goal of reducing greenhouse emissions by 85% by 2050
• Reducing traffic congestion directly lowers emissions from vehicles
• However, uneven pollution distribution raises concerns about environmental justice

⏭️ What's next: Officials plan to invest $155 million in mitigating potential pollution increases in areas like the South Bronx
• Continued legal battles may impact the rollout schedule
• Long-term, the program's success will depend on addressing both vehicle and building emissions

💬 One quote: "If we are getting more public transit with poorer air, it seems like a deal with the devil" (Kenny Burgos, Assemblyman)

📈 One stat: Congestion pricing is expected to reduce traffic in Manhattan’s core by about 17%, or 120,000 vehicles a day

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