Wanna buy the Brooklyn Bridge? Well, pretty soon you
just might get the chance to get your hands on it, or some other part of New
York’s road system.
Officials in the Empire State are considering a plan – widely panned – that would privatize some bridges or roads now owned by the
state. The move would allow companies to operate the road or bridges, and
collect tolls to help pay for operations and maintenance.
The plan, which media sources reported was contained
in Gov. George Pataki’s budget, would only allow privatization on current toll
facilities or on new capacity.
while the Brooklyn Bridge was not mentioned specifically, Transportation Commissioner Joseph
Boardman, told reporters the Tappan
Zee Bridge would be a good candidate for the proposed program.
In his budget message, Pataki said “public/private
partnerships” were needed “to provide more resources for our transportation