I just received an email from a neighbor providing details on how to contact State Senator Kevin Parker if you live in his district and support funding public transit with minimal tolls on the East River bridges:
part of the Ravitch plan that includes East River tolls to pay for
transit, you might want to let him know. He’s one of 5 Democratic
State Senators opposed when the plan needs unanimous Dem support.
– that’s $103 for a monthly Metrocard – and there will be longer waits
between Q trains that are already overcrowded at almost any time of day.
The current toll proposal is for a $2 toll (less than a subway fare).
Tolls would be levied by photographing cars as they drive by so it
would not cause lines or traffic jams.
All of our taxes have paid for roads and bridges, so why should we
bear alone the burden of paying for transit? Besides, tolls and better
transit will reduce traffic, making drivers’ lives easier, improve air
quality and fight climate change.
I phoned both Sen. Parkers’ offices and snail-mailed letters to both.
I hear that a mailed letter packs more punch than an email, but hurry,
the vote is soon! At least a phone call will help. And if you
4515 Avenue D
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Tel: (718) 629-6401
Fax: (718) 629-6420
411 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Tel: (518) 455-2580
Fax: (518) 426-6843