Letter to Queens Gazette:
If those cry babies in Manhattan want to experience real traffic, they should visit the borough of Queens. I invite them to drive the streets of Bay Terrace on a Sunday afternoon when Fort Totten is in full swing or College Point at any time. Let's not forget Main Street in Flushing, Downtown Jamaica, Astoria, the Rockaway Peninsula, Long Island City, our airports or Queens Boulevard, our very own Boulevard of Death. There are just too many streets to list them all, but any one of those roadways could be used to define "congestion." By comparison, Midtown Manhattan is an open highway.
Think about it: no more free rides for vehicles going past 23rd Avenue, Astoria Boulevard, Roosevelt Avenue or Jamaica Avenue. Only residents living in close proximity to a congested intersection would be exempted. Why should we care if that makes some of us into second-class citizens? In a democracy that's the price we pay for improved traffic flow. It's time to let Mayor Bloomberg know that Queens needs Congestion Pricing now. When that's finished, he can work on making the railroads run on time.
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