"I think it’s just wrong," said Dina Livingston, 36, as she readied to leave her home in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, yesterday for her job on Wall Street. This neighborhood, like many in the farther reaches of what are impolitely known as “the outer boroughs,” is minimally served by subways, and therefore features a relatively high percentage of car owners and daily drivers.
Outside Manhattan, Many Oppose Congestion Plan
"Much of the problem with Manhattan traffic is created by midday travel by commercial vehicles — and by people using Manhattan as a corridor to travel from, say, New Jersey to Queens and Brooklyn." - Mayor's traffic expert
So why not tax them and leave the rest of us alone?
"The people who live far from mass transit today –- most of them do not necessarily drive. They often take their cars and park them, for free, in areas where mass transit is close by. In my neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, people park all day — and take the express subway lines from 71st Street-Continental Avenue. I don’t believe they’ll be greatly affected by congestion pricing."
Except when they'll have to circle for an hour to find a parking spot along with all the others who are now doing the same. I'm sure the people who live in that area appreciate not having a place to park and their streets being designated as a parking lot. Oh wait, they live in Queens, so who cares about their quality of life? As long as Manhattanites are happy.
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