Ardent protests erupted Friday against the latest attempt to put tolls on the free East River bridges as part of a congestion pricing plan.
Assemblyman David Weprin, D-Queens, told reporters Sunday at the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge that implementing tolls at now-free bridges won’t work.
Getting across an East River bridge between Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens may no longer be free if a group of transit advocates has its way.
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.
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.
There is a new plan for changing the city’s traffic patterns that would, yes, put tolls on the East River bridges, but dramatically drop the cost of traveling over other city spans.
Supporters of the Move NY campaign said the proposal is all about fairness. The plan would implement a $5 toll or $7.50 cash on the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and 59th Street bridges.
The MTA said it’s necessary to raise rates to pay for costs it doesn’t have control over like debt service, pensions, energy and employee and retiree health care.
Connecticut has in hand $1.4 million in federal money and it will use that to test out so-called congestion pricing on I-95 between Greenwich and New Haven.
With an old proposal back with a new name, a powerful New York State lawmaker is pledging to block it’s revival.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial plan to charge people to drive into key parts of Manhattan during the week was back on the highway on Wednesday.
If you drive to work in New York City buckle your seat belts and get ready for some serious sticker shock.