Save the MTA and destroy the city? The idea behind the outrageous congestion pricing scheme announced this week looks like a utterly mind-boggling proposed toll.
The scheme offers a variety of options, but this hit could happen as early as next year, with fees as high as $23 for a “privilege” to drive south of Manhattan’s 60th Street. Seeking to slap the car.
In some scenarios, vehicles can deduct some or all of their bridge or tunnel tolls from their congestion charges.But the total $23 sums to $115 weekly 5 trips. Or $5,750 for 50 weeks per year. Truck rates are even higher.
are they crazy?
This hits local drivers, especially those living in suburbs and out of town. Goodbye, move back to your office. Thanks to crime, passengers are already avoiding public transport. Are you now avoiding driving to save money?
Even Kathy Hochul agreed in the first gubernatorial debate of the year that now is not the time to force Any New Fees for Drivers: “This is not going to happen next year under any circumstances,” she vowed, but then was largely overwhelmed by the pressure.
The envisioned goal is to decongest roads where average speeds have plummeted from 9.1 mph to 7.1 mph over the past decade. But remember what happened in that decade. First, the city began eliminating lanes in favor of bike and bus lanes and pedestrian squares. The de Blasio administration has since lowered the speed limit. What did they think would happen to average traffic speeds?
Now they say this new (very regressive) tax is the cure? Sounds like a child who killed his parents and begged for mercy as an orphan.
Yes, the MTA needs funding.But why should driver Will it cover all shortages of agency? After all, transportation workers are not asked to make concessions.
I’m sorry, but this plan seems to be a covert scheme to send New York commuters to Florida.