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NYC Mayor makes Environmentally-friendly Proposal

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently proposed a pay-to-drive plan that would charge motorists to drive in lower parts of Manhattan.

The plan would charge cars $8 and trucks $21 per day to drive in Manhattan below 86th Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. This would not be done with toll booths, but rather with cameras at intersections capturing the license plates of cars driving in the area and sending the owners statements.

The goals of the program are not only to reduce pollution caused by vehicle traffic in New York, but also to cut down on traffic congestion in Manhattan. The proposed revenue would be put towards alternative transit solutions for the area. Authors of the plan said in its first year alone the program could generate $400 million.

This is only one of 127 environmental improvement policies proposed by Bloomberg as part of his goal to improve the city's long-term sustainability. Others include his goal to plant 1 million trees in the city by 2017, water conservation initiatives, and energy-related plans such as tax rebates for solar panels. Not only does Bloomberg have other programs in mind to help the city become more environmentally friendly, he follows his own advice, most days he takes the Subway to work instead of driving.

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