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Another toll hike

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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

I am not sure how many people in all of New York read the little article in the Queens Chronicle on June 27 (multiple editons): “Port Authority submits toll hike proposals” again?

What is going on with this agency and all of New York officials? Do they think that everyone who lives in New York is rich? That they can just raise the toll again and no one would care? Well, I care — that is why I am writing this so that everyone can read it and knows what is going on.

ALL the toll crossings will go up from $15 to $16, a jump of $1 collected from all the thousands of people that use these roads and bridges.

E-ZPass users will see their tolls go up from $10.50 to $11.75 for off-peak hours — a jump of $1.25 for the thousands of people who use these roads and bridges.

E-ZPass users will see their tolls go up from $12.50 to $13.75 for peak hours — a jump of $1.25 for the thousands of people who use these bridges and tunnels.

I guess they think that no one cares about these increases, but multiply them by the thousands of people who use these bridges and tunnels and you are talking oodles and oodles of money going to the PA again.

But to add insult to injury they are also going to take away the discount from the E-ZPass users because too many people are using E-ZPass now so we can just lower the discount from $4.50 to $4.25 off peak — $.25 collected from all the thousands of people who have E-ZPass. And the discount will fall from $2.50 to $2.25 in peak hours — $.25 collected from the thousands of people who use E-Z Pass.

In this article the increases do not sound too bad, but do the math. All these $1, $1.25 and $.25 increases times the thousands of hardworking New Yorkers who have to use these bridges and tunnels add up. Do not think of it as just one person; I am talking about thousands and thousands of people who use these bridges and tunnels. Even if you do not work and live in Staten Island, how much would this increase the tolls collected by the PA? Do the math.

Take me, for example. I like to go to the Jersey Shore or visit my grandchildren and sister down south — how much more will I have to pay? That is why I say do the math! It is not just one person. It is thousands and thousands of people, truck drivers, delivery vans and yes, even buses.

Price congestion is coming in 2020 — a tax any way you want to word it, and they have no idea how much that will be. The MTA will probably say that the revenue from price congestion is not enough; we need to raise our fares and the PA is going to try to raise their tolls. When are New Yorkers going to say enough is enough. Someone has to speak out for us! Where are our politicians who speak out for everyone else except for the people that live here?

The meeting is on Tuesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. at the Port Authority Building 14 at JFK. How nice of them to have the meeting at JFK when most people get out of work at 5 p.m. and get in their cars to take the Van Wyck Expressway. I guess the people who run these meetings never drive on the expressway during rush hour?

Kathleen Schatz
Rego Park

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