Thursday, October 27, 2011

Toll Discounts for Some?

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State Senator Mike Doherty wants to re-ignite a program that would provide toll discounts for local residents who are impacted by the recently enacted toll hikes on Delaware River bridges.

“A 33% toll hike was not the right course of action to impose on working families and seniors during hard economic times,” says Doherty. “The Bridge Commission historically had a program that allowed local residents who relied on the bridges to receive discounts. I am calling on the Commission to issue coupons or tokens, as they did in the past, to offset the recent increase."

Doherty views see these toll increases as counter-productive to the state’s economic recovery, and vows to remain committed to work to derail them. His discount idea would not apply to commuters also faced with huge tolls who are heading into New York via Hudson River crossings.

“I am quite disturbed by these hikes that were decided behind closed doors so that the very people, who would be affected, are unaware of the planned hikes,” explains Doherty. “They’re apparently not interested in hearing or considering the public’s opinion.”