Queens lawmakers sought Sunday to head off a bill expected in Albany next session to add a toll on the now-free East River bridges while slashing prices to cross bridges linking only the outer boroughs.
Assemb. David Weprin criticized the Move NY plan as a “renewed congestion pricing initiative.” The plan — pitched by former city traffic commissioner Sam Schwartz, transport workers unions and environmental justice groups as a means of more fairly spreading expenses — is intended to reduce traffic congestion and raise funds for the MTA.
Opponents gathered at the foot of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City said Move NY burdens middle-class residents in the outer boroughs as well as small businesses.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Pols oppose move NY plan
Posted by Queens Crapper at 7:13 AM
Labels: congestion pricing, David Weprin, East River, sam schwartz, tolls
How much would the nonsense of building these tolls cost the city in the first place? Ridiculous. Not to mention the traffic and gridlock the construction of said tolls would cause. Morons.
This is why global climate change is a scam.
Millions of cars daily polluting the air, but that's OK because a lot of money is collected.
Their answer? EasyPass. Except when the traffic backed up for miles.
Now free bridges are going to be tolled?
Sounds like highway robbery to me!
"while slashing prices to cross bridges linking only the outer boroughs"
haha, who is gonna believe that. So they're going to reduce it back to around $4 and in 10 years it'll be $10 plus all the east river crossings will be $10 as well. Who are these people kidding?
I don't understand. Will the tolls apply only to traveling from Queens to Manhattan? What about the bridges connecting Brooklyn or Bronx to Manhattan? If they do, why haven't we heard from the pols from those 2 boroughs?
Nyc and nj already pay 1/3 of the tolls in all of america.....that's a whole lot between just 2 states!! This is just ridiculous now. Meanwhile, nothing is being done to fix any of the roads. The roads that need the most fixing or expansion work just remains the same. They remain the same while nyc just keeps building more and more apartments. Good luck when the population of just nyc reaches 9.5 million!!
Spitting on Queens again. We're just a cash cow for the rest of the state to milk, and then slaughter when we run out of money.
Thank God some politicians are fighting for working New Yorkers. How much more do we have to shell out to live in this city? Why should we be fleeced in order to fund the out of control, wasteful MTA? Who believes the other tolls will remain lower? For how long? The car haters are at it again. Why not just prohibit us from owning cars? Or maybe there should be a car hating militia dragging families out of their vehicles and arresting them. Well, if you live in Manhattan or Downtown Brooklyn, how can one even conceive why people living in Queens or South Brooklyn would ever need to drive? Can't families just bike to soccer classes, family visits, religious services? Just tax them out of their cars, right?
This is a really big load of bullshit. Let's all try to remember this " IT IS NOT ABOUT TRAFFIC CONGESTION REDUCTION! IT IS SIMPLY A MONEY GRAB FOR THE MTA------PERIOD. If we want to reduce the traffic in Manhattan to a safe level, and we need to desperately, we need to simply ban all passenger cars south of 110 st during business hours and revoke all parking previledges for the private cars of cops, firemen, teachers, federal government employees, city council members and their staff, NYC DOB attorneys and investigators,etc,etc, etc. any other so called plan is them just blowing smoke up our asses to mask another MTA money grab.
Speaking as a bike commuter for 25 fucking years to save money from paying train fare (yes even when it was a dollar fifty) I rather be driving. If this is to encourage people to commute by bike or more likely Shitibike, I have some advice for those who would consider it, don't, it's grueling and aggravating, and especially now because with the amount of bikers out today, it's actually getting congested. And bike collisions are up too. And good luck locking your bike, since every block has bikes chained and lock to every pole, a lot of them are from the app food deliveries. Sometimes I see about 4 bikes chained to one pole and abandoned bikes clustered on city installed bike racks. It looks like a veritable junkyard on the sidewalks.
This proposal is unfair. They can put tolls on the bridges and it won't change a damn thing. What do they do with all the money from all this incessant advertising?
I really don't understand all these tolls. The MTA keeps raising the prices every other year. I remember when most tolls was a couple of dollars and then moved up to five dollars and now most bridge tolls are $15 plus. It is out of control and I agree with another poster that the streets are a dam mess. And not to mention our bridges are dangerous and need repairs. Makes no sense.
If there's a dollar to be made, f--k 'em up the ass.
That is how NYC solves the sticky mess it got itself into by unbridled overdevelopment.
You do not understand
This is different
This money WILL be put to good use, not wasted and make EVERYTHING better...
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