How about eliminating tolls?
Yeah ! How about eliminating tolls ! They should have all been eliminated 40 years ago ! Imagine how much air pollution and fuel waste would go away if there were no tolls, plus the time saved for commercial traffic would bring down the cost of goods . Sure, the money has to come from somewhere, but collecting tolls is the most inefficient way to collect it. It is not as if the money goes to repair the bridges and roads anyway, most of it around NY is used to subsidize mass transit. The tax should be switched to income/real estate, or dmv registrations.
Interesting. You really think that if commercial truckers didn't have to wait at the toll plazas THAT would bring down the costs of goods delivered??
And you DON'T think you should be charging the drivers who actually uses the bridges and tunnels for them but we SHOULD just TAX people in NY, NJ & CT even MORE than they already are??
If people DIDN'T have to pay $10 per day to go through the bridges & tunnels don't you think that would create even MORE congestion than you have now? You think there would be LESS traffic at the Mid-Town tunnel?
Imagine what could be saved if we did not have to build toll stations, try to make sure collectors don't steal money, pay the collectors including medical and retirement, etc. Tolls are just a just plain stupid way of funding government and probably 80% inefficient ( guess, I have no real numbers, and they keep those numbers pretty secret) Collecting money from people using the city's transportation infrastructure it a stupid way to collect money for the city's transportation infrastructure??
Hmm. You prefer to just tax incomes & real estate more?
Another possible semi solution would be to insert micro chips in every license plate and convert every toll into a high speed ez pass type of thing, eliminating all cash lanes ! If your plates are legit and current, you have no problems, if you have expired plates, you have a big problem and this might solve it.
Didn't you just say "Imagine what could be saved if we did not have to build toll stations" but now you want to spend money to build new ones?
To take this rant further, what is with the "gates" on the NY Bridges ? They could easily install cameras and nail all people who do not pay, the increased fines would pay for cameras and then some, and the rest of us could drive through without that stop and wait for the gates ! GRRRRRRRRRRRR ! I hate tolls !
Not a bad idea. In fact there are already license plate cameras at the tolls I believe.
I'm certainly no big fan of tolls either, but ever since they converted to ez pass, I think the small wait at the toll plazas is more than bearable. What really slows it down and causes congestion at this point is the people in the cash lanes, so maybe you increase the cash toll to get more people to switch to EZ pass.