September 9, 2022 |

NYC congestion pricing: Rideshare drivers rally for exemption from additional tolls

Staten Island Advance —You can add New York City’s rideshare drivers to the growing list of critics opposing the MTA’s planned congestion pricing program.

On Wednesday, the Justice for App Workers coalition, which is comprised of several rideshare advocacy groups representing over 100,000 NYC drivers, rallied outside the MTA headquarters to demand that app drivers be exempt from any new congestion pricing tolls.

The group noted that drivers for popular rideshare apps, like Uber and Lyft, are typically low-income, immigrant workers who would be disproportionately impacted by the additional fees.

“When the city wants money, we become the easy target. We know the MTA needs money, but that cannot come at the expense of low-income people of color and immigrants. This tax proposal will destroy working families,” said Adalgisa Payero-Diarra, leader of UTANY, one of the nine groups that comprise Justice for App Workers.

All rideshare vehicles that enter Manhattan south of 96th Street are already subject to $2.75 congestion surcharge, though that fee is passed on to the rider in the form of higher fares.

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