New York - MTA Hike Drives Off 1 Million Motorists
New York - Motorists are steering clear of MTA bridges and tunnels following a series of massive toll hikes.
Traffic on the agency’s nine crossings plummeted by about 1 million vehicles in April 2011 when compared to April 2010.
Passenger-car crossings were down by 3.9 percent, while other vehicles, such as trucks and buses, declined by 6.6 percent.
And MTA officials admitted that the downturn mainly stemmed from the recent unpopular fare hikes, although poor weather and high gas prices also contributed.
In December, the fee at most major crossings increased by $1 each way.
Cash tolls widely increased by 18 percent, with the Henry Hudson Bridge toll jumping 33 percent.
As a result, many fuming drivers found alternate routes.
The mass exodus has left the MTA in a financial bind.
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