STOP STATEN ISLAND'S EXCESSIVE TOLL HIKES FROM KILLING OUR LOCAL ECONOMY

Featured Comment by Arnold Kingston: Tolls of $28 to travel roundtrip between Brooklyn and New Jersey are excessive at a time of rising prices for food, gasoline and other everyday commodities. The government has to find ways to finance operations that do not involve higher taxes, tolls, and fees that affect the working class the hardest. Making life more difficult for hard working New Yorkers is in the long run short-sighted and counterproductive. As the middle class squeeze tightens, more businesses and individuals will flee the city taking jobs with them, shrinking the tax base and slowing economic growth. This is not the way to go.     

 

THE TIME IS NOW! We must put an end to these never ending excessive toll hikes within the Tri-State area.

For the past few years the tolls on these 4 bridges have been gradually raised to due rising transportation authority budgets and more borrowing for projects outside of the borough of Staten Island. Even though each and every motorist and trucker pays the most in country we all get less in return. Each of us pay the toll-fare either with EZ-Pass or with cash/credit/debit. Which most recently they added that you can pay with your credit or debit card.

Small businesses simply cannot afford to stay here. Therefore storefronts have been left vacant and those who try to revitalize them stay open for a short period of time before they realize it’s just too costly to do business. City Hall and Albany is largely responsible for the ever increasing budgets these transportation authorities. Therefore we all are burdened but most importantly truckers and daily commuters in general who pass into and out of the borough on a daily basis. Truckers must pay per axle on each of these bridges and it’s becoming out of control. Over $100 to cross a bridge is outrageous at a time when taxpayers and business owners are struggling to stay afloat.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ALREADY!!! I'm calling on New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey State Gov. Chris Christie, The Port Authority of NY & NJ, and the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) to freeze all future Staten Island Bridge toll hikes indefinitely and instead impose a fiscally sound permanent toll rate fare of $5.00 for all motorists and $20.00 for all truckers. STATEN ISLAND BRIDGES WILL NO LONGER SERVE AS YOUR PERSONAL PIGGY BANK!

At a time when thousands of residents are flocking to out of state we must not continue to raise these outlandish toll pricing practices causing the problem. When many are finding it hard to make ends meet or operate a business it is not time to ignore the situation. Not every job is located within Staten Island and not every job is located within other cities where people work elsewhere and are forced to commute to work because they have no other choice. Although we may have 4 bridges on the Island there is not “1” train or light rail on these bridges. The Port Authority of NY & NJ does not operate buses or trains here on the island either let alone in the 5 boroughs such as the MTA does. We need a viable option to overturn the continuous toll hikes and that is why I ask of you for your support and signature. We cannot continue to be used as personal piggy banks when we ourselves must have our own set aside. How does ANYONE expect us to continue to stay here when we ourselves and future generations won’t be able to afford to live here ?

This petition will be delivered to:
  • New Jersey State Gov. Chris Christie
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo
  • Governor of New Jersey
    Chris Christie
  • The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey


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