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National 9/11 Memorial Charges Reservation Fee For Advance Passes

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People who want to reserve time to visit the National September 11th Memorial in Lower Manhattan now have to pay to do so.

A $2 reservation fee has been implemented for anyone who reserves passes online or over the phone.

There is no fee for victims' families or people who show up for same-day passes that are distributed at the memorial preview site on Vesey Street on a first-come, first-served basis.

The memorial's website says the reservation system is temporary, to help manage visitor capacity until certain construction projects at the World Trade Center site are finished.

But family members of some September 11th victims are expressing their outrage with the decision, telling the New York Post people should not have to pay money to pay their respects.

It is estimated the memorial and museum, which is still under construction, will cost $60 million a year to operate.

The foundation that runs the project is hoping to revive a Senate bill that would force the National Park Service to help with $20 million a year.

About 7 million people have visited the memorial since it opened in September 2011.

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