2019 New York Laws
VAT - Vehicle and Traffic
Title 8 - Respective Powers of State and Local Authorities
Article 44-C - Central Business District Tolling Program
1704 - Establishment of Central Business District Tolling Program.

Universal Citation: NY Veh & Traf L § 1704 (2019)
§ 1704. Establishment of central business district tolling program. 1.
The  Triborough  bridge and tunnel authority shall establish the central
business district tolling program.
  2. The central business district tolling program will operate  in  the
central  business  district. The central business district shall include
the geographic area in the borough of Manhattan south of  and  inclusive
of  sixtieth  street to the extent practicable but shall not include the
FDR Drive, and New York state route 9A otherwise known as the "West Side
highway" including the Battery Park underpass and  any  surface  roadway
portion  of  the  Hugh  L.  Carey  Tunnel  connecting  to  West  St. The
boundaries of the central  business  district  shall  not  be  modified,
expanded,  or  reduced  and  shall  incorporate  the outer bounds of the
aforementioned district to the extent practicable.
  2-a. The Triborough bridge and tunnel authority  shall  enter  into  a
memorandum  of  understanding with the city department of transportation
for  purposes  of  coordinating  the  planning,  design,   installation,
construction  and  maintenance  of the central business district tolling
infrastructure including required signage. The Memorandum shall  address
the  use  of  existing  systems,  devices and other facilities owned and
operated by the city for the purposes of  a  central  business  district
tolling  program,  as  well  as  reimbursable  costs associated with the
planning, design, installation, construction  and  maintenance  of  such
program. Such memorandum of understanding shall be entered into no later
than sixty days from the effective date of this article.
  3.  (a) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the Triborough bridge
and tunnel  authority,  pursuant  to  the  memorandum  of  understanding
executed  pursuant  to  subdivision  two-a of this section with the city
department of transportation shall plan, design, install, construct, and
maintain the central business district tolling infrastructure. The  city
of  New  York shall cooperate and consult with the Triborough bridge and
tunnel authority  to  facilitate  the  planning,  design,  construction,
timely  implementation, and maintenance of the central business district
tolling  infrastructure  and  shall  not  unduly  hinder  or  delay  the
planning,   designing,  installation,  operation,  construction,  timely
implementation,  or  maintenance  of  the  same.   Notwithstanding   any
provision  of  law to the contrary, the city of New York shall, pursuant
to the memorandum of  understanding  executed  pursuant  to  subdivision
two-a  of  this section with the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority,
be authorized to provide for the use of existing  systems,  devices  and
other  facilities  owned  and  operated  by the city, including, but not
limited to systems  and  devices  installed  pursuant  to  sections  one
thousand  one  hundred  eleven-a, one thousand one hundred eleven-c, and
one thousand one hundred eighty-b of  this  chapter  to  facilitate  the
Triborough  bridge  and  tunnel  authority's  central  business district
tolling program and shall work with the  Triborough  bridge  and  tunnel
authority to facilitate the same.

(b) The Triborough bridge and tunnel authority shall, pursuant to the memorandum of understanding executed pursuant to subdivision two-a of this section with the city department of transportation, plan, design, install, construct, and maintain a central business district toll collection system and implement and operate the same to collect the central business district toll.

(c) The Triborough bridge and tunnel authority shall plan, design, implement and operate a central business district toll customer service center.

(d) The central business district tolling program shall be planned, designed, implemented and operated to facilitate payment of central business district tolls by credit or debit card, check or automated clearing house payment, by telephone or over the internet or any other method of payment that the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority may implement.

(e) All procurements of goods, services or construction of any kind by the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority for the central business district tolling program shall be deemed to be subject only to the same requirements that otherwise apply to procurements by the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority.

(f) Signage shall be clearly delineated to provide notice at a reasonable distance prior to, and upon entry into, the central business district and upon exit from the central business district. Signage prior to entry must include the toll rates to be charged. Additionally, signage shall be provided, where practicable, to provide drivers adequate notice to avoid entry into the central business district. Design, placement and installation of signage by the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority shall be performed pursuant to the memorandum of understanding executed pursuant to subdivision two-a of this section with the city department of transportation. 4. The central business district tolling infrastructure, the central business district toll collection system and the central business district tolling customer service center shall be completed by the operation date. 5. Responsibility for maintenance of the central business district tolling infrastructure after the operation date shall be performed by the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority pursuant to the memorandum of understanding executed pursuant to subdivision two-a of this section with the city department of transportation. 6. The planning, designing, constructing, installing or maintaining of the central business district tolling program and the planning, designing, installing, constructing, operating or maintaining of the central business district toll collection system by the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority including the establishment by such authority of central business district tolls, and any other fees or rentals for the use of its projects and any changes thereafter shall not be subject to the provisions of article eight of the environmental conservation law, the provisions of chapter six of article forty-three or chapter five of title sixty-two of the rules of the city of New York, or the provisions of section one hundred ninety-seven-c of the New York city charter, relating to a uniform land use review procedure, nor the provisions of any other local law of the city of New York of like or similar effect including approvals or charges associated with the use of property owned and maintained by the city of New York necessary for the installation of central business district tolling infrastructure nor shall the determination of the central business district toll amounts by the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority board be subject to any such provisions of law. The planning, designing, installing, constructing or maintaining of the central business district tolling program by the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority shall be performed pursuant to the memorandum of understanding executed pursuant to subdivision two-a of this section.

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