Save the MTA, destroy the city? That’s the thinking behind the outrageous crowd-pricing scheme released this week, which aligns perfectly with the proposed toll.
The plan offers a number of options, but the hit — which could come as soon as next year — slaps cars south of 60th Street with a $23 fee for the “privilege” of driving in Manhattan. demands.
Under certain scenarios, vehicles may deduct some or all bridge and tunnel tolls from the congestion charge. But the sum of $23 adds up to $115. It happens per week for five trips. Or $5,750 for 50 weeks a year. Truck fees are even higher.
Are they out of their minds?
This puts off drivers in the area, especially those living in remote towns or out of town. Goodbye, return to your office. Passengers are already avoiding local transport because of crime; Now they should also avoid driving to save money?
Even Gov. Kathy Hochul agreed during the first gubernatorial debate this year that this is not the time to impose. any New driver’s fee: “There’s no way that’s going to happen next year,” she vowed, although she later flopped under a lot of pressure.
It’s believed to avoid congestion on roads where average speeds have dropped from 9.1mph to 7.1mph over the past decade. However, consider what happened during this decade: First, the city began removing lanes in favor of bike and bus lanes and pedestrian plazas. Then the de Blasio government lowered the speed limit. What did you think would happen at the average traffic speed?
Now they say this is the new (heavily regressive) tax treatment? Sounds like the kid who killed his parents and then became an orphan begging for mercy.
Yes, MTA needs money. but why should driver Cover all agency shortcomings? Not that transport workers are being asked to make concessions.
Apologies: The plan looks like a secret plot to send more travelers from New York to Florida.