2010-07-30 / Letters

Reinstate The Rebate

This letter was sent by Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer to MTA head Lee Walder.

Dear Editor,

Mr. Walder, as someone who grew up in Rockaway, you are aware of the burden the Cross Bay Bridge toll causes for the residents and business in Rockaway and Broad Channel. While the elimination of the toll for all is truly justified, and should be a goal of the MTA, until such time, the Resident Rebate Program relieves a burden from the communities that suffer the most.

I know that the MTA is facing a budget deficit that is unprecedented and that this year’s budget remains dismal. However, I am committed to working with you and my colleagues in Albany to address this urgent and vital issue affecting my community.

I have received copies of hundreds of letters sent to you by residents of my community detailing the devastating effect the removal of this program will have on the residents and businesses in Rockaway and Broad Channel.

The Cross Bay Bridge is the only intra-borough toll in the nation. The two sides of the Cross Bay Bridge connect the communities of Rockaway and Broad Channel in Queens. They share the same zip code, the same police precinct, firehouses, post offices, etc.

Our community has seen a tremendous revitalization since the implementation of the Residents Discount Program. Land that has been vacant for decades is now developed and even in today’s market, the homes are still selling. Our real estate values have increased, and unlike other areas, ours are still holding. We implore you to continue the Resident Rebate Program for the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge and not allow the MTA to eliminate this essential program.


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