Newsday Backs AET Plans, Urges Toll Reductions and “Fairness” on Some NY City Bridges

Newsday editors cheer New York Governor Cuomo’s plans to eliminate toll gates on the 10 bridges and tunnels operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and urge the state to expand the boom in all-electronic tolling. “Get really serious about reducing traffic, pollution and fuel. Put the drive-through tolls on the four East River bridges, too,” the editors say. The newspaper goes a step further, urging planners to “[t]hen introduce fairness — reduce tolls on the Verrazano, Throgs Neck and Whitestone bridges. That would encourage New Jersey-to-Long Island truckers to take quicker and now-cheaper routes around the city instead of using the Manhattan Bridge to cross lower Manhattan, saving money but clogging arteries.”