Something’s gotta give! Yeah — you!

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The economy is in the tank — so our leaders are talking about either tolls on the East River bridges or higher subway fares (or both). So we hit the streets to find out whether Brooklynites think the bridges should be tolled or the fares should be hiked (or neither!).

“Raising the fare will eat into people’s money for bills and rent. A lot of people work here that don’t live here. Residents have been funding everything. But if they can’t get the money, where is it going to come from?” Michelle Adams, Brooklyn Heights

“I’m against raising the fare. The city’s not doing well. It would be better to charge for the bridges.” Pitita Lago, Brooklyn Heights

“There’s no money for the subway, but they’ve got those new stadiums up.” Enjoli White, Brooklyn Heights

“I go with the bridges. To get from point A to point B you have to pay. Nothing is free in America! Plus more people take subways. Since there’s less people on the road, they should pay.” Alfonso Atkinson, Bushwick

“I say there should be tolls on the bridges because people who drive are supposed to have money. In this economy, if you don’t have money, then you shouldn’t be driving!” Jeffrey Le Styne, Bushwick

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james from westphalia says:
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Jan. 9, 2009, 5:41 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasntville, NY says:
We drivers do not ride the bridges for free. Our taxes go for that crossing as they do for other infrastructure. Honestly, I view a toll as just a tax on another tax. Many will find this idea as making Manhattan into a complete toll barrier as it's already seen as a place not welcoming for those who aren't the elite. If the idea is really to get more people on transit, then make it more available for them rather than trying to scare them by increasing the gas tax, which is already expensive right now, and placing tolls. I have never seen riders subsidize for the crossing with tolls as we are giving numerous amount via taxes for their fares to remain the same. Also, the politicians in the outer boroughs will oppose this plan greatly. Just audit the MTA, because I am sure that there is plenty of money they are hiding especially in that Swiss Bank account that Elliot Sander has.
Jan. 10, 2009, 4:07 pm

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