“Transit Sam” Sees Traffic Congestion and Diversion Resulting from MTA’s Recent Toll Increase

The Downtown Express “Transit Sam” column observes, “Now that Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel tolls have gone up, we’re seeing more traffic divert to the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, affecting Lower Manhattan. If you use the tunnel, you’ll see longer lines for cash payment. That’s because the transaction time for the new $8.50 toll is a lot longer than for the old $8 toll.” (Making change takes time.) The column also notes, “Longer lines mean more people shift to untolled bridges.”