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Better ways to ease NYC-area traffic

Would lower fares get cars off the road?

Would lower fares get cars off the road? Above, a Nassau Inter-County Express bus in Elmont in 2016. Credit: Steve Pfost

Newsday’s editorial “Put tolls to work against traffic” [Sept. 17] fails to deal with the underlying problem. When it comes to traffic in New York, it’s like putting five pounds of garbage into a bag for three.

Newsday’s solution is to charge more for the bag. The toll bridges aren’t exactly traffic-free, so instituting or raising tolls on the other bridges isn’t going to make things better. It would only serve to make for a more even distribution of impossibly congested crossings.

Why not open up the HOV lanes to everyone? They are at times underused.

Bill Yovino, Rockville Centre

The only valid point this editorial makes is, “Congestion pricing is not the best moniker.”

The best solution, and the easiest way to change traffic patterns, is to drastically reduce the prices for mass transit. Cut the fares we pay on the Long Island Rail Road and for Nassau Inter-County Express bus routes. People will flock to mass transit.

This would result in immediate quality-of-life improvements for everyone, as there would be less pollution from fewer cars.

John Wolf, Levittown

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