Favor and fury: Congestion pricing public hearings see hundreds of New Yorkers give MTA an earful on tolling program

Hundreds of New Yorkers took advantage last week of one of the final opportunities to weigh in on congestion pricing before it goes into effect, piling into the MTA’s Lower Manhattan headquarters to sound off to agency brass for a series of public meetings.

Thursday and Friday saw the first two of four public hearings scheduled for residents to make their voices heard on the MTA’s congestion pricing proposal, which will levy a toll on most motorists entering Manhattan south of 60th Street in a bid to reduce congestion and carbon emissions, and fund the MTA’s capital construction priorities.