New York City transit officials eye more bridge tolls

| 11/10/2008

New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority is considering implementing tolls on some or all of the four bridges over the East River.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the agency that runs New York City’s subways, buses and commuter trains is facing a $1.2 billion deficit next year. The budget beginning in January will be almost $600 million short of what the MTA predicted in July, and tolling all four bridges would raise an estimated $1 billion a year for mass transit spending.

However, WCBS-TV conducted a random survey of motorists and found strong opposition – with one person saying, “That’s crazy. We’re taxed enough.”

Another said, “You can’t punish us for driving.”