Cuomo, de Blasio agree on tolls in Manhattan, MTA overhaul

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have agreed to a plan for new tolls on motorists entering the heart of Manhattan.

The deal announced Tuesday by the two Democrats represents significant progress for the tolling proposal, which must be approved by state lawmakers.

Tolls would vary based on the time of day. Actual toll amounts would be likely be set next year and first imposed in 2021.

Speaking on New York City public radio, Cuomo said tolls would raise badly needed transit revenue while also discouraging vehicular traffic.

The agreement also calls for overhauling the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

It suggests that if lawmakers legalize marijuana some of the resulting tax revenue should support transit improvements.