.. In this case, it’s a new animated video that tells a million stories — stories that New Yorkers experience every day while traveling by car, train, bus, and subway: gridlock, breakdowns and delays, limited service, and, ahem, severe overcrowding. It can be “irksome” – a newly coined description by our Mayor – and on many an occasion, nightmarish.
“As outlined in February, the plan would, among other things, instate $5.54 cashless tolls on the Manhattan, Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Queensboro bridges in both directions, along with a toll of the same cost on roads crossing 60th Street in Manhattan. Taxis would be exempt from the tolls but would have to pay a surchage on trips below 96th street; trucks and commercial vehicles would pay only one toll per day.
If that sounds financially harsh, the plan also calls for lowering the tolls on bridges like the Triborough, Whitestone, Verrazano Narrows and Throgs Neck, which, unlike the East River bridges, do not connect public transportation-heavy areas, and have been costing drivers significant cash over the years. It would also relieve the heavy traffic currently plaguing the toll-less bridges, speed up commercial deliveries, and help replete a severely struggling
MTA pot, potentially saving the rest of us from future spiking subway fares.”