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SECTION 1704
Establishment of central business district tolling program
Vehicle & Traffic (VAT) CHAPTER 71, TITLE 8, ARTICLE 44-C
§ 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.