2010-09-03 / Letters

Fight The CBB Toll

Dear Editor,

I am writing on behalf of my constituent, Raoul Watson, in regards to the elimination of the Rockaway/ Broad Channel Resident Rebate Program and the possibility that the elimination may constitute a civil rights violation.

As you can see from the enclosed, Mr. Watson and I had originally written to the US Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the matter. His office then referred the issue to the U.S. Department of Transportation, who recently sent me notice that the matter has now been referred to your office.

I have been fighting the MTA for years to ultimately remove the toll, but in the interim, for the reinstatement of the Resident Rebate Proram. A toll on the Cross Bay Bridge is the same as having a toll in the middle of Queens Boulevard.

The Cross Bay Bridge is the only intra-borough toll in the nation. The bridge connects the same zip code, the same police precinct, firehouse, and post office.

If a person who resides in Broad Channel needs to go to the police precinct to file a report or wants to go to the their local community board, they must pay a toll, a practice that is unjust and places an unfair burden on my constituents.

AUDREY I. PHEFFER

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