Henry Hudson Bridge
Commuters just can’t catch a break. Fares and tolls will be going on up virtually everyone commuting or driving into and around New York City.
In a press conference Sunday afternoon, Mayor Bloomberg announced that the carpooling regulations put in place after Superstorm Sandy will not go back into effect for the work week.
“Although, if the city is so clogged the way it was last Wednesday where even emergency vehicles couldn’t get around we will reinstitute these,” Bloomberg said. “They did make a very big difference. Even though they do impact and inconvenience a lot of people, safety once again is the most powerful thing and the most important thing to us.”
Vehicles entering Manhattan by the four East River bridges and the Lincoln Tunnel must have three or more passengers on Thursday and Friday between 6 a.m. and midnight.
The 34 MTA Bridges and Tunnels officers currently working at the bridge toll plaza will be moved to jobs at other crossings.
The future will not be free. There will be tolls. But how you give up your money will change.
The boost in security was obvious to many commuters around New York City’s bridges, tunnels and mass transit hubs Friday.
Call it a cash crunch. Despite access to E-ZPass, a sizable percentage of drivers have not signed on, and are content sitting in long lines, and paying full fare.
Ready! Set! Travel! (Right now, if possible.)
Schumer wants the four toll agencies that operate E-ZPass in New York State to implement a text-message warning system to alert drivers when their balances run low and about any impending charges they may face.
The Henry Hudson Bridge is expected to be a cashless crossing in 2012.
October 27 is T Day.
More than 80% of the business at the bridge is E-ZPass and the approach roads are relatively simple.