Saturday, November 15, 2008
If at first you don't succeed...
Just as Social Security has been described as the third rail of federal politics, imposing tolls on the East River bridges — an idea that has again been revived as the Bloomberg administration seeks to plug a growing budget deficit — is the third rail of New York City politics. A ride through The Times’s archives shows that the debate over bridge tolls has gone on for decades, going back further than Social Security itself.
The history shows that officials have failed again and again to revive tolls on the four bridges. (Other major crossings, including the bridges run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, already charge tolls.)
How East River Bridges Stayed Toll-Free