Bridge tolls are too damn high.
Resident gathered to protest the latest rise in tolls on Port Authority crossings, and a petition to halt the inflation has reached more than 1,000 signatures, according to NY1.
With the tolls in and out of Staten Island having reached $12 in cash or $9.50 with E-ZPass during peak hours and $7.50 during non-peak hours, residents are asking for a permanent $4 toll for all residents—no peak or off-peak hours.
Oh, and let’s throw in an investigation into the Port Authority’s bank books – because seriously, what’s going on here?
Protesters at the foot of Bayonne Bridge also told NY1 that it makes less and less sense even to be in Staten Island – especially for a business that has to transport materials back and forth. When they pass on their expenses to clients, they lose any competitive edge.
“The owner told me ‘you’re X amount of dollars off,’ and I said that’s my mobilization charge. I have to pay tolls for my trucks to get to and from the job. I’m $10,000 more than the next bidder. I lost that job because of the built-in overhead,” business owner Steve Margarella told the news service.