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Transportation Group Revives Congestion Pricing Debate

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Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan could be getting a new lease on life.

A group called Move New York unveiled a revised version of the plan at Baruch College on friday.

The new proposal pushes the idea that drivers should pay more in parts of the city that have more mass transit options.

In addition to adding tolls to the East River bridges, it would lower them on other crossings.

Tolls would be reduced on the Henry Hudson, Throgs Neck, Whitestone, and RFK Bridges.

They would also be lowered on the Cross Bay, Gil Hodges, and Verrazano Bridges, and the Hugh Carey Tunnel.

Like the Bloomberg plan, tolls would be added to the Ed Koch Queensboro, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Manhattan Bridges.

Drivers would also pay a toll to go south of 60th Street in Manhattan.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the newest plan is an honest and positive contribution.

"There's some interesting and innovative ideas in it. The plan that was put forward, I think was 2008, I did not agree with, I didn't think it was fair to the outer boroughs. And right now we're obviously working on a number of other priorities," De Blasio said.

Move New York says the new tolls could bring in up to $1.5 billion a year.

For now, this is just a proposal from a group of transportation advocates.

There's no guarantee the plan would get anywhere in Albany.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver effectively killed congestion pricing in 2008 when he wouldn't allow it to go up for a vote. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP