Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sounds Like a Very Bad Idea to Me

Former Transportation Commisioner Louis Riccio thinks the New York City should sell its Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges to MTA for $1 each and let MTA reap the financial benefits, The NY Daily News reports. Riccio opened his big stupid idea at a hearing of the state Commission on MTA Financing. (The committee, formed by governor Patterson will release a report in December on the best way to survive the dwindling dollars.) Riccio thinks that the bridges, now free (which is rare in New York), should impose a fee.

 

Yes, he’s right, it would bring in millions of dollars. And, in theory, could prevent another fare hike. But really? This sounds like a horrible plan. Of course, the rest of the committee felt the same way.

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