Big Green Apple

The Big Apple believes charging motorists $8 a pop to enter much of Manhattan is the best way to deal with the city's atrocious congestion, get a handle on greenhouse gas emissions and raise millions for mass transit. The New York City Council, facing intense lobbying from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other supporters of the idea, voted 30-20 in favor of the proposal, which must be approved by the Legislature. If lawmakers and Gov. David Paterson sign off, the plan would create a weekday "congestion zone" from 60th Street south. Cars would be charged $8 -- trucks would pay $21 -- to enter between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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