2011-03-11 / Letters

Why Not Free?

Dear Editor,

For the record, a four-lane bridge from Broad Channel to Rockaway opened in 1925 and there was no toll on it – it was FREE, as every bridge that connects two parts of the same borough should be.

In 1939, the bridge was widened to six lanes by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, and motorists were slapped with a 10 cent toll. The toll was supposed to be levied only until the cost of the bridge had been recouped.

I applaud Senator Schumer and Congressman Weiner for introducing legislation to protect our residential discount program, but what about legislation to do away with the toll completely?


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