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Hudson River toll hikes
will hit truckers hardest

The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Shawn Boburg

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Posted By:Ribicon, 12/2/2012 5:30:46 PM

The toll hikes taking effect Sunday on the Port Authority’s Hudson River crossings are unlikely to be embraced by many motorists, but they are especially unwelcome by truckers, who will see the most dramatic increases. “It’s out of control. I’ll never cross the George Washington Bridge again in my entire life,” said David Irwin, a Michigan-based driver who must now pay $75, up from $65, to drive his five-axle truck across the one-mile span. Only five years ago, the cash toll for his truck was $30. Further increases already approved will push it to $105 by late 2015.

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Greedy small-business owners bristle under their patriotic obligation to provide lavish salaries and fat pensions to political appointees. For shame!

This same Port Authority paid 10 "workers" $1,000 apiece this past July 4 to put up and take down the American flag. Truckers should be proud to pay a $105 toll to travel that mile in 2015.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: AnnG, 12/2/2012 5:44:46 PM     (No. 9044881)

Glad I don´t live there.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Manitouman, 12/2/2012 5:46:56 PM     (No. 9044884)

New Yorkers won´t be bothered by my presence again. They have no idea of how good they´ve got it because some are willing to come to their side of the bridge.

A most inhospitable place - speaking from experience.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rivetjoint, 12/2/2012 5:52:24 PM     (No. 9044889)

That old saying comes to mind: My favorite view of NYC is in my rear view mirror.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/2/2012 5:54:06 PM     (No. 9044894)

$75 to drive across a bridge and they are whining about FEMA? Bwahahaha......Sounds like they have their own scam.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Country Boy, 12/2/2012 5:54:53 PM     (No. 9044896)

I think most/all of this is unions (PA cops, etc). Really can´t imagine any business, NYC or anywhere else that thinks this is a good idea.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: nhchemist, 12/2/2012 6:56:04 PM     (No. 9044949)

When we head south, we avoid I95 like the plague. We take I84 and I81 to avoid the tolls and the traffic jams. This distance is longer but the time is shorter, and stops in rural areas are much more pleasant than big city stops.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/2/2012 7:53:07 PM     (No. 9044994)

Boycott ! How will New Yorkers get the goods they need?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/3/2012 6:55:24 AM     (No. 9045379)

Good ol NYC helping Barry to cut off commerce. I say every trucker should say up yours and refuse to take goods over the bridge. See how the Port Authority deals with that one after they get thousands of screaming phone calls.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: corndoggies, 12/3/2012 7:07:05 AM     (No. 9045403)

Truckers actually pay taxes based on the miles they drive on highways, along with an unbelievably long list of other taxes. Why they also pay tolls is beyond me. And if I ever want a divorce, all I have to do is send my husband into NYC. I can talk him into Philly, Boston etc but NOT nyc.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tech10171968, 12/3/2012 8:06:32 AM     (No. 9045471)

"Hits Truckers Hardest"?

Any fee increase aimed at truckers hits EVERYBODY. You may not be paying the tolls, but _everything_ you buy, eat, drive, wear - pretty much darned near everything - unavoidably spends at least part of the journey from factory to market in the backs of those trucks. When it costs truckers and their companies more to do their jobs, that increase is going to be passed on to the customers using their services (for example, the stores you shop in). And who do you think those stores are going to pass those costs on to (hint: look in the mirror)?

In a way it´s almost like a stealth tax increase.

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