New "Hours" Report: E. River Bridge Tolls Cut Traffic, Save Time
The report also reveals that tolling the bridges will reduce traffic on neighborhood streets near the bridges because motorists will stay on the Long Island Expressway and continue through the tolled Midtown Tunnel instead of detouring on Long Island City streets to the currently free Queensboro Bridge. Likewise, motorists will stop detouring from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridges.
This reduction in traffic
through downtown Brooklyn is crucial to the success of the massive new
development planned in that area. Without tolls on the Brooklyn and Manhattan
Bridges, downtown Brooklyn will choke on massive traffic jams.
Finally, the report shows that 80% of the reduction of traffic congestion will be in Brooklyn and Queens or on the bridges themselves, which means that tolls will primarily benefit Brooklyn and Queens residents. Another Bridge Tolls Advocacy Project paper earlier this year found that only 2% of Brooklyn and Queens residents would pay more than $50 a year on tolls. This is most likely the same 2% that can afford to pay for parking and all the other expenses associated with driving a car daily in NYC.