2010-07-30 / Letters

Total Outrage At MTA

The following letter was sent to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in response to the end of the resident toll rebate program. Following her letter is the MTA’s response.

Dear Editor,

I cannot put into words my total outrage at the MTA for eliminating the Rockaway Resident Rebate Pro-gram.

The callous, underhanded, greedy, draconian manner in which the MTA operates is appalling and eludes all logic.

The MTA reinstituted an illegal intra-boro toll and smugly sits back and justifies itself by stating “It’s only $2.26 round-trip per day.“

How dare the MTA use its budget crisis as an excuse to break the backs of Broad Channel/Rockaway residents. The MTA knows full-well that the revenue from the CBB is insignificant in the MTA’s budget. But to local residents, it is a significant amount of money - almost $70 per month. This is another money-extracting scheme by the bureaucracy to bleed the masses.

The MTA should open its books for audit. The public should demand full disclosure of where its money really goes - to an ineffective Board that is top-heavy and bloated. And whose awarded seats are occupied by arrogant, insipid, bottom-dwellers who’s mantra is “Let the public be damned!”.

They could care less about the residents, the businesses or legality of this toll. Jay ‘Benedict Arnold’ Walder, King of the Bottom Dwellers, your presence in Rockaway or words in the press are not welcomed. You have insulted every resident and bridgeuser. Keep out.

ELLEN O’REILLY

Dear Ms. O’Reilly,

We appreciate your feedback.

The decision to modify the Rockaway Rebate program was made by the full MTA Board in April after public hearings were held. This action was taken to help MTA close an $800 million budget deficit, and was part of a package that included difficult service cuts to buses, subways, and rail lines as well.

After listening to residents at the hearings who said they traveled across the bridge multiple times a day, the Board opted to modify the rebate plan. Residents will be charged no more than two trips per E-ZPass tag within a 24-hour period that runs from 12:01 AM to midnight. The resident E-ZPass rate is $1.13 per trip as compared to the cash toll of $2.75, and $1.71 for non-resident E-Z Pass users. Keep in mind that residents in all boroughs traveling within the same borough also have to pay subway and bus fares to travel from one neighborhood to another, and that fare is $2.25 for one-way.

MTA BRIDGES AND TUNNELS

PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE

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