The proposed hikes, announced Monday, would take effect next March.
A City Council member said New York City’s transportation infrastructure is in serious need of modernization, at a joint hearing of the council Transportation and Economic Development committees Monday.
Among the proposals being discussed in Trenton, the state’s 14.5-cent gas tax could double, or even triple.
The politicians want Christie to put money into the drained-out Transportation Trust Fund.
Gov. Dannel Malloy explained that in many cases the additional funds will help pay for up to half the cost of the bridge repairs.
A total of 86 percent of participants of a new Quinnipiac University study said traffic congestion in New York City is a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem.
The review released Friday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that the authority waited more than a year to conduct 47 inspections on bridges identified in earlier examinations as having conditions that, if ignored, could become dangerous.
President Barack Obama visited the Tappan Zee Bridge on Wednesday as he announced a series of measures aimed at improving the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
A new proposal would add tolls to East River bridges – all of which are now free – but lower the cost at crossings not well-served by public transit.
Effective Sunday, motorists were paying more to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the use of bridges and tunnels from New Jersey into New York City.
More than 2,000 New York state bridges, including the Brooklyn Bridge, have been deemed structurally deficient and in dire need of repairs by the federal government.
“If you put all the structurally deficient bridges end to end from New York, you’d end up in Colorado somewhere, according to Steve Davis with the group Transportation for America.
“There’s [a] tremendous amount of accidents. It’s from five to 30 accidents there than any other area,” Maloney said.
More toll hikes will take effect this weekend at bridges and tunnels in the New York Metro area.
Arnold Conoline Jr., the commission’s acting executive director, says the increased security will remain in effect through at least New Year’s Day. The agency also is considering some long-term measures that might help prevent suicides.