Charging New York motor vehicles registration fees based on weight could generate more than $1 billion for the cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. said last week.

He proposed the fees, as well as a reinstatement of the commuter tax, just days after the MTA announced a doomsday budget that would slash service and raise tolls and fares by a net 23% to close a $1.2 billion budget gap in 2009.

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