As the MTA seeks any possible source of revenue, it has made a controversial suggestion: The agency wants emergency services vehicles to pay tolls when going over MTA bridge and tunnel crossings. The proposed plan would apply to firefighters, police, and volunteer ambulance services such as Hatzolah responding to emergencies or calls to service.
Currently, those city departments are using about 11,000 free E-ZPass tags, and volunteer services such as Hatzolah are using and additional – albeit less significant – amount, so if the MTA gets its way, it would collect tolls for an approximate 300,000 additional crossings each year.
A spokesman for Mayor Bloomberg’s office called the proposal, “an underhanded attempt to increase the city’s already large subsidy of the MTA by charging the city for responding to emergencies or performing other essential services.”
(Eli Gefen – YWN Queens Ops’ Desk)