In the Oct. 6 news story “End of toll booths,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says 94 percent of drivers using nine bridges and tunnels use E-Z pass to pay for tolls. Only 6 percent are billed by mail.
Of those 6 percent, the article states, one-third of motorists never pay. That means 2 percent of the reported 800,000 daily motorists — or 16,000 — don’t pay. The average toll for the nine bridges and tunnels in the article is $7.72. Multiplied by the average number of non-paying motorists gives a total of $123,520 in daily revenue lost. That amounts to more than $45 million a year.
I find it amazing that our state officials can ignore those numbers. What is the solution from the governor and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to recoup that revenue? To charge those who pay late an additional fee doesn’t sound fair at all. It sounds to me as though it’s better not to pay the toll at all than to pay late.
Joseph Barbera, Levittown
Ever since I can remember, the MTA has grappled with the question of how to place tolls on the East River crossings: the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburgh and Ed Koch Queensboro bridges. One problem was always where to place the toll booths so they wouldn’t disrupt neighborhoods.
With the advent of electronic tolls without booths, New York City politicians now have an answer.
Tolls could be collected without altering the roads — not just on crossings, but on avenues in Manhattan. This could enable the city to charge vehicles venturing south of whatever street it desires.
That’s the bigger story here.
Leonard Cohen, Wantagh