Bus and subway fare hikes took effect at midnight, while tolls on the MTA’s seven bridges and two tunnels went up at 2 a.m.
The bill under discussion Monday in the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee would place tolls at Connecticut’s borders and proponents see tolls as the only way to raise money for badly needed road and bridge repairs.
“All of the great that happened, the foundation that Mayor Giuliani built during his term and that Mike Bloomberg has built on top of that, they’re quite fragile,” he told WCBS 880 morning anchors Michael Wallace and Pat Carroll.
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.
The MTA board voted on the proposed increases on Wednesday. Members unanimously approved the fare hikes. Only one member voted against increasing tolls.
If approved, Long Island Rail Road riders will be hit with increases as high as 15 percent.
Questionnaires will soon be handed out to drivers at rest stops along Interstate 84 in Hartford and Interstate 95 in the southwestern part of the state to analyze driving patterns.
Sunday’s toll hikes are the second of five annual increases approved last year in a process that critics said was rushed and lacked transparency.
Toll collections resumed Saturday morning at two bridges in the storm-damaged Rockaways.
The MTA toll hike plan released Monday calls for $15 cash toll on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and one City Councilman raising his objection.
Before jacking up truck tolls 45 percent on the New York State Thruway and raising the toll at the Tappan Zee Bridge to pay for a new bridge, how about cracking down on toll cheats?
It marks the second phase of a toll and fare increase package approved by the authority in August 2011.
When it comes to funding construction for a new Tappan Zee Bridge, officials say people are speaking with their wallets.
The MTA wants to hike the Verrazano Bridge toll to $15 dollars. And Staten Islanders are banding together to say “enough is enough” with all these tolls.
The future will not be free. There will be tolls. But how you give up your money will change.