Monday, November 10, 2008

MANHATTAN BIZMEN FEAR TOLL OF BRIDGE CHARGES

By REBECCA ROSENBERG and SALLY GOLDENBERG, NY Post

Ending free rides on four East River bridges will hurt not only drivers - it would take a huge toll on Manhattan merchants, who will pass the cost on to their customers, business owners said yesterday.

They complained that they'll be charged more for deliveries and attract fewer customers from Brooklyn and Queens.

"There are only so many price increases we can absorb," said Niki Russ Federman, co-owner of Russ & Daughters, a Lower East Side appetizer shop.

Merchants are already getting hit with higher fuel surcharges on their deliveries, and new tolls will only make matters worse.

Bent Singh, who manages a gas station on the Lower East Side, said, "No one will leave Brooklyn for $5 to get an oil change."

Sen. Charles Schumer said he was hopeful that the Obama administration will restore transportation money the city lost from Washington over the last eight years.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course, there's no mention how much traffic congestion and automobile dependence costs us now! Not surprising coming from a right-wing rag like the New York Post.

Queens Crapper said...

If it's an article about how this would affect sales, why would they?

Anonymous said...

Who's gonna cross the bridge from Brooklyn FOR FREE to get an oil change on the LES?

Anonymous said...

http://www.astorians.com/community/index.php?topic=12969.0

Look out! astorians.com are trying ... trying ... trying ... to discuss it without talking about development or the city council's hand in making Bloomberg the monster he is.

Ahhhh, they dropped the ball.

Again....

Well hell, its their community that gets hit.

slick said...

I personally don't care I live in 71st in my town house in Burns street. It takes me 7 mins to walk to the 71st stop and take the train.

What worries me is the people who are going to park in my neighborhood to not pay the congestion pricing.

thank god i have two car garage.

being rich helps in the city.

thanks mayor bloomberg, you pisser.

Doesn't really effect me, but if your not somewhat rich, have a good back ground or a good education than your S.O.L. with your policy

Anonymous said...

Parking permits for NYC residents could be a solution to that problem, and be another source of revenue.

Anonymous said...

With all the talk of imposing tolls on the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and 59th Street Bridges, which has been the political equivalent of toxic waste in New York City for generations, there is a bit of news that is interesting. The number of people riding bikes across the bridges is skyrocketing. Jotham Sederstrom reports in today's Daily News that "the number of Brooklyn bicyclists has soared since last year, with thousands of new riders pedaling over borough bridges back and forth to Manhattan," per a city survey. Bike traffic on the Manhattan Bridge accounted for the biggest increase citywide, with an average 2,232 bicyclists crossing the span daily, a 70% increase. Bikers on the Williamsburg bridge quadrupled since 2000 and there was a 10% increase last year on the Brooklyn. Overall, the city estimates that bicycling has gone up 35 percent in the last year. Advocates say it's due to more bike lanes and other safety improvements.

Anonymous said...

Sen. Charles Schumer said he was hopeful that the Obama administration will restore transportation money the city lost from Washington over the last eight years. He better he's a Dem and his job to reap bacon for outerboughs - no excuses everyone in Albany and Washington is Dem - bring home the bacon, already!

Anonymous said...

Strange as it might seem I own a home but don't own a car
and my family's been getting along just fine without one for 25 years.

The way I figure it out...
my insurance costs
plus the purchase price of a vehicle (which would be astronomical even for an economy model) with high fuel costs, etc.
aren't worth owning an automobile
or leasing one.

The few times we take a car service last year amounted to about
$1,000-$1,500.

It's a hell of a lot cheaper and more convenient for me to use public transportation and incur delivery charges for my over-sized purchases of goods and services.

C-mon....we live in a metro area
with great public transportation.

A lot of Americans are fat enough.

Walk a little more too for your own health's sake!

Buy some bikes!