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#1 User is offline   Gertie Keddle 

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 11:28 AM

Albany’s congestion pricing plan will drive up cost of food

By Mary Kay Linge
NY Post
March 30, 2019
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Albany’s congestion pricing plan will hit the wallets of all New Yorkers — not just drivers — because it impacts 5 million delivery trucks serving Manhattan retailers each year.

“It’s really basic: if people want to eat in New York City, it’s going to cost them more,” said Zach Pickens, a farmer in upstate Montgomery. “That’s just the bottom line.”

Every truck delivering food and goods into Manhattan south of 61st Street will be slapped with the new fee, expected to be about $25 for commercial vehicles of all sizes, once state legislators hash out a budget deal that they promise will send cash flowing into the MTA.

The charge will come on top of bridge and tunnel tolls that truckers already pay. Altogether, that will mean fees of $133 per trip for 18-wheelers, according to an analysis by Reclaim New York, a watchdog group.
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Delivery trucks on 48th Street.James Messerschmidt

“You need fresh food delivered every day,” said Jadan Horyn, the group’s spokesman. “Our politicians have bought into this model knowing full well the impact it will have on Manhattan eateries and on everyday people trying to put food on their tables.”

Consumers will bear the ultimate cost, business owners warn.

Pickens sends 60 truckloads of organic produce from his three-acre Farm into the Manhattan congestion zone during the growing season.

Congestion pricing will cost Pickens about $1,520 a year — 1.7% of his farm’s annual revenues.

“That could be my margin for the year,” he said. “It’s huge in an industry that already has tight margins.”

The new fee “adds yet another burden to doing business in the city,” said Anthony Parziale, president of Long Island-based Advance Group, a corporate moving company that sends 40 trucks a day into the toll zone.

Congestion pricing could add $265,000 to his company’s annual expenses.

“Companies my size can’t absorb that,” Parziale said. “No doubt we will have to pass it along and increase prices.”

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Posted 31 March 2019 - 12:02 PM

And just think of that $27 billion plus which the Amazon HQ would have contributed to NY's ability to pay its bills.
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Posted 31 March 2019 - 12:34 PM

View PostBerkeleyUnderground, on 31 March 2019 - 12:02 PM, said:

And just think of that $27 billion plus which the Amazon HQ would have contributed to NY's ability to pay its bills.


One of the many reasons Amazon pulled out. They had their ear to the ground long enough, to understand the long term effects heavily investing in NYC was going to cost. The AOC bull<censored> gave them a out.
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Posted 31 March 2019 - 02:03 PM

I'm not sure I have a quarrel.

"commuter" in the Atlanta Area. WAY too many times I've been stuck behind either a "box truck" or a Semi truck costing me a light, which means an extra 2-5 minutes. ESPECIALLY when some A-hole semi driver takes THE ENTIRE LIGHT to s-l-o-w-l-y get through his one vehicle. Next in line is some A-hole sending a text message, who doesn't realize that the light is green until it's already turned yellow.

Personally, I'd prefer the Death Penalty and summary executions. I'll settle for an extra tax.
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Posted 31 March 2019 - 04:05 PM

Do what the Romans did. From what I've read wheeled carts were only allowed to come into the city and move around at night, during the day it was foot traffic, horses, and sedan chairs only due to congestion.
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Posted 31 March 2019 - 04:21 PM

View PostSeverian, on 31 March 2019 - 04:05 PM, said:

Do what the Romans did. From what I've read wheeled carts were only allowed to come into the city and move around at night, during the day it was foot traffic, horses, and sedan chairs only due to congestion.


We are already doing enough of what the Romans did. Thanks but no.
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