Ad Nauseam: Spare the Toll, Save the Carmaker


Yesterday we noted the auto-centric bias in local media coverage of an expected Ravitch Commission proposal to toll East River bridges as one source of revenue for the cash-strapped MTA. In perusing said coverage, we couldn’t help but notice a second common element. See if you can guess what it is.

After the jump: score one for the good guys.





Pols Skeptical Ahead of Ravitch Report Release

The much-anticipated report from the Ravitch Commission is scheduled to be released within the hour. The report is expected to include recommendations for an eight percent increase in transit fares along with tolls on East River and, possibly, Harlem River bridges — measures deemed necessary to avert the MTA "doomsday" scenario of a 23 percent […]

New Low-Cost Transit Plan From Team Kheel-Komanoff

Ted Kheel and Charles Komanoff are out with an updated version of their plan to fund low-cost transit with congestion fees on cars and trucks. Coming hot on the heels of Kheel Plan II, the latest iteration — called Kheel-Komanoff — lowers the cordon tolls in a bid for political support but does not close […]

Today’s Headlines

Cuomo’s Reinvention Commission Invisible as MTA Releases Capital Plan (Capital, Crain’s) To Fill Massive Gap, MTA Proposes Shifting Payroll Tax From Operating to Capital Budget (Gannett) WPIX Files Powerful Human Interest Report on Hit-and-Run Victim; Driver Remains at Large Brooklyn Spoke Analyzes Sam Freedman’s Stale Bikelash Tropes in the New Yorker NYPD Out in Force in Central Park, Ticketing […]

Nadler Revives Fight Against Trucker Giveaway on Verrazano

The one-way tolls on the Verrazano Bridge have been a major cause of truck traffic in New York City since they were instituted in 1986. Though numerous efforts to restore two-way tolls have failed over the last two and a half decades, technological progress may finally bring victory within reach. Congressman Jerry Nadler thinks that […]

A Conservative Case for Truck Tolls

Republican lawmakers in Rhode Island are trying to pay for roads and bridges without new tolls on trucks. James Kennedy at Transport Providence is wondering what’s so conservative about giving a free pass to the interests that inflict the most damage on roads, since everyone else will have to pay instead: One way we can assess […]