Grimm, Golden, Malliotakis Urge MTA to Vote “No” on Verrazano Bridge Toll Hikes

Dec 18, 2012 Issues: Transportation

NEW YORK, NY – On the eve of a vote by the Metropolitan Transit Authority to increase fares Congressman Michael Grimm (R-C, Brooklyn, S.I.), State Senator Martin J. Golden (R,C,I - Brooklyn),  and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C- Brooklyn, S.I.) are again urging MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota and all board members, to oppose the plan to raise tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at tomorrow's meeting.

The plan would make the Verrazano Bridge the most expensive bridge in the world. The MTA is considering a plan to raise the cash payment $2 dollars to $15 and the increase would be $1.06 for those with E-Z Pass.

In the letter, authored by the three elected officials, it stated,  “No time has been better than now for the MTA to show New Yorkers that it does in fact account for the personal financial responsibility of their customers when making such decisions. It is something that New Yorkers are not willing to accept. We hear this in our community, along our commercial avenues and in our homes. We ask you to oppose this plan and look forward to working with you to create a more fiscally responsible approach that will be more acceptable to our constituents."

The complete letter sent last week is attached and below.

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December 13, 2012

MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph Lhota
347 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10017

Dear Chairman Lhota,

We are compelled to write today in response to the announcement that the Metropolitan Transit

Authority is set to vote next week on a proposal to significantly raise the toll on the Verrazano

Narrows Bridge.  As elected officials who represent many hard-working folks who travel this

Bridge each and every day, we ask that the MTA Board reject such proposal.

 

This proposal will hit the pockets of all New Yorkers who traverse the Verrazano Bridge for the

purposes of work, shopping, medical care, family visits, and more.  It is just unacceptable that

the most expensive bridge in the world, already at $13, has the potential to become more

expensive. To ask those who pay cash to spend an additional $2, and those with E-Z Pass to pay

an additional $1.06, is simply outrageous.

 

In these difficult economic times, the last thing New Yorkers need is the burden of additional

travel expenses.  The proposal now before the MTA will further strain the budgets of millions of

New York’s families and cause a loss of revenue for countless businesses. This proposal is not

only misguided, it is something New Yorkers are not willing to accept.

 

We hear this in our community, along our commercial avenues, and in our homes. That is why

we ask you to vote against this plan for the Verrazano Bridge, and engage us in a dialogue so to

create a program that will offer a multiple trip discount plan similar to that of the Port Authority.

 

No time has been better than now for the MTA to show New Yorkers that it does in fact account

for the personal financial responsibility of their customers when making such decisions. On

behalf of every single motorist who utilizes the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, we ask the MTA

Board to oppose this plan. We look forward to working with you to create a more fiscally

responsible approach that will be more acceptable to our constituents.

 

Sincerely,
Martin J. Golden                                  Michael G. Grimm                               Nicole Malliotakis
Member of the Senate                          Member of Congress                         Member of Assembly