The NY Times reports that Bloomberg says:
What I like is the recognition that we all pay for the convenience for a few who are literally free riders.
“As our city continues to grow, the cost of congestion to our health, to our economy and to our environment are only going to get worse,” he said. “The question is not whether we want to pay, but how do we want to pay — with an increased asthma rate, with more greenhouse gases, with more wasted time, lost business and higher prices. Or do we charge a modest fee to encourage more people to take mass transit.”
I also doubt the naysayers who say that this will penalize the poor. Manhattan residents with cars often pay $600 a month to park their cars. People from elsewhere who drive into business districts are paying $30 a day to park.
These folks aren't poor.
There's a proposed tax for delivery trucks, too. I'm not educated enough about the economics of commercial traffic in the city; it seems logical to guess that one outcome places more costs with businesses, including small businesses.
But as some business opt out of sending their own fleets into the city, I might guess that FedEx, UPS and other logistics experts might benefit, as more deliveries are outsourced to them.
I fondly remember the pleasure of being a pedestrian one spring day back in 1998, when a taxi strike took 12,000 cars off the street. It was quieter, and -- in my memory at least -- the air seemed clearer.
Mike also wants to plant 1,000,000 trees!