Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a radio interview Friday suggested there could be a phased-in approach to congestion pricing that alleviates traffic concerns in Manhattan and funds mass transit in the metropolitan area.

The proposal is aimed at creating a long-term funding plan for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to help make fixes to the beleaguered subway system. It has faced significant opposition among lawmakers in both the Republican-led Senate and Democratic-controlled Assembly.

“I’m pushing that very hard,” Cuomo said in an interview on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show. “The congestion in Manhattan is incredible and if you want to fix the subways you need a long-term funding stream. There is no magic.”

As for the plan’s chances in the Legislature and being approved in the final budget deal, Cuomo said: “It is tenuous at best right now across the board.”

Separate from congestion pricing has been a proposal for “value capture” funding that would provide money for specific transit upgrades based on the proximity of property and the taxes paid on that property.

While Cuomo differentiated between the two proposals, he indicated a half-way plan could be in the works for congestion pricing.

“Congestion pricing doesn’t happen in one foul swoop,” he said. “There are phases to the congestion pricing. I’m cautiously optimistic that we could start the process.”

Assembly Democrats have backed a budget resolution that would add $1 fees on ride hailing vehicles statewide, a move that is opposed by Uber Technologies. The company has backed a broader congestion pricing push for Manhattan.