Bridge tolls back on the table?

April 15, 2009 9:14:28 PM PDT
Eyewitness News has learned the latest development on how to help the MTA comes courtesy of the Ravitch Commission.

Its chairman worked the phones and announced on Wednesday that he's willing to accept some amendments to his plan unveiled in January.

Ravitch and fellow members have signed off on a 50-cent taxi surcharge.

There would be a five to 10 percent hike in the cost of garage parking for non-city residents.

He's again looking at tolls on East River bridges with a rebate program for drivers using those bridges multiple times a day.

Since Albany has already said no to the toll idea, we asked Ravitch isn't his new idea a non-starter, especially with the state senate.

"It's not a non-starter to the assembly or the governor or the mayor or the business community," he said. "It better be done because the consequences are much more egregious than the tolls themselves." Those consequences are a fare hike of at least 23 percent next month-and deep cuts.

With all that looming, that's why the toll idea is once again back on the table.

Still, a lot of senators say no way.

"First of all, in very simple terms, no tolls. No tolls," State Senator Carl Kruger said.


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