Cuomo’s congestion pricing plan will target for-hire cars and cabs

Gov. Cuomo hedged Saturday on endorsing his own panel’s recommendations to charge a toll on all vehicles entering Manhattan below 60th Street.

He instead focused on the part of the congestion-pricing plan that targets cabs and for-hire cars like Uber and Lyft and called for lower outer-borough bridge tolls.

While he endorsed the part of the Fix NYC plan released Friday that would charge for-hire cars to travel through Manhattan south of 60th Street, he slammed the brakes on repeated questions by a reporter about the bigger proposal to charge private cars entering the zone.

“My focus is on for-hire vehicles,” said Cuomo, blaming them most for worsening gridlock.

“We now have yellow cabs and black cars and green cars and every color in the rainbow,” Cuomo told The Post at a women’s march breakfast. “That is one of the first places I would look to reduce congestion and to raise money. If they want to cruise through the central business district to pick up fares, they should have to pay for it, or we should limit the number.”

The second thing, he said, is “lowering the outer-borough tolls, which are crazy high.”

Cuomo spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer confirmed the governor “believes tolls need to be rationalized, and any plan that moves forward must reduce costs on the outer-borough bridges.”

The governor would not directly comment on other potential fallout from the private-car part of the plan, which would be rolled out in 2020, like how to handle cars owned by residents who live in the toll zone.

Some outer-borough officials already have sounded off about the outsize impact a plan that would charge up to $11.52 would have on residents who already pay up to $17 round-trip for MTA bridges and tunnels.

Meanwhile, the Fix NYC blueprint piles a lot on the city’s plate, requiring huge cutbacks in the number of parking placards awarded city employees, which increased under Mayor de Blasio; an NYPD crackdown on moving violations; reforms to the…

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