East River bridges
Ardent protests erupted Friday against the latest attempt to put tolls on the free East River bridges as part of a congestion pricing plan.
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.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday that even though the power should be back on in the next few days, driving remains treacherous and that safety should be the only priority among motorists.