Will The Tolls Come Down?

Will The Tolls Come Down?

There are 72 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Feb 21, 2008, titled Will The Tolls Come Down?. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

Imagine driving onto Grand Island without having to pay a toll. It's been talked about for years here in western New York, but now there's an effort that could make it a reality.

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Mary Kwaanza

Buffalo, NY

#42 Feb 22, 2008
Welcome to Grand (EEEK) Island.

Enjoy the views to the north = Chemical Plants and yes, even more Chemical Plants.

Enjoy the views to the south = Garbage Dump, Oil Refineries and other Industrial Businesses.

Enjoy the fresh (I mean) polluted air at your homestead.
islander wrote:
EEEK I really wish they would stop trying to have these tolls removed. The way I see it, no tolls on the bridges will encourage MORE traffice through the Island. Sure business owners here would like that, but many residents DON'T want to see more traffic through the center of our town.
This is yet another sign the town WANTS growth here, like letting Billy Fucillo ruin Alvin road. I am just sick over this. Looking like it is time to sell the homestead and get out of here!
George Maziarz

Buffalo, NY

#43 Feb 23, 2008
so wrong wrote:
<quoted text>
So its $1 - big deal! Ohhhhhh, that 25 cents i missed off probably put you over your monthly spending limit - I'm so sorry to hear that. Look, its not a TON of money. You should be more concerned with your local taxes rising because there's no one left around here to pay them. Or perhaps its because there aren't enough businesses around here to pay enough corporate tax. Either way, the extra $100 or whatever number you're paying per year in LOCAL taxes around here is much more than what the bridge costs you - or at least it is for most people.
Personally I go over that bridge maybe 10 times a year. Would I like the toll to be gone? sure, of course - that's $10 more in my wallet at the end of the year. But I'm a lot more concerned with 50,000 people leaving wny per year to go to arizona/carolina/etc, and the 8000 jobs per year lost to the same places. That's hurting my wallet a lot more than the $10 the GI bridge is costing me. But since its in people faces every day, the politicians want to waste their time on that. Go ahead George, be another sheep and keep watching the news for the "hot button issues" like this - THAT'S what's wrong with buffalo - its the tolls!
moron...
Uninformed nitwit<<<<<--- "so wrong"
Floridian

United States

#44 Feb 23, 2008
June is when the state senate's legislative session ends. Maziarz says he will know by then if this transfer will actually happen.

..IF?...

But in June they will go on vacation & by then people will have been used to the tolls & nothing will be done!!
Long Time Islander

Buffalo, NY

#45 Feb 23, 2008
The issue for me isn't the $.09 that we pay but fact that in the summer the back up caused by all people coming through on vacation or heading to the casino's is an environmentally unfriendly nightmare. From June until labor day the traffic backs up onto the 290 and what in low traffic time is a 1 minute crossing becomes 10 -15. Think of all the wasted fuel.

Many years ago the Thruway authority proposed relocating the toll booths to the center of Grand Island. This would have allowed them to put in high speed lanes instead of the horse and buggy 5 mph bs we have to deal with. In Califonia, PA and Ontario you can go through at 70 mph and have the ex pass read.
Long Time Islander

Buffalo, NY

#46 Feb 23, 2008
Dede Dinah wrote:
<quoted text> No concern for the Toll Takers whose jobs would be taken away ?
Actually from a health standpoint almost any job would be better than breathing the fumes from the vehicles passing through for 8 hrs a day.
Lucifer Collins

Rochester, NY

#47 Feb 23, 2008
Rus Thompson wrote:
Have you signed the petition? Sign it now at
http://nogitolls.com/
http://albanysinsanity.wnymedia.net/...
Thanks Russ for helping making WNY's the dumb a--es they are.Quibbling over nickels and dimes while guys like me destroy the middle class by depressing wages and benefits. More 8$ an hour job for the rabble and more $$ for me and my Spaulding Lake friends. That's the new American business model.
Dale Volker

Rochester, NY

#48 Feb 23, 2008
Just save me a seat on the truck!
Leary

Fredonia, NY

#49 Feb 23, 2008
Who is going to pay for the Troopers who patrol the 190?
And provide them with a station to work out of?
The Twy presently pays for them and provides them with a station. Who is going to provide them with patrol vehicles? The DOT will of course need trucks, equipment and people to maintain the road and bridges. And a place to work out of. Presently the users of the twy pay for all of this through tolls. If the DOT takes over the road, then your tax dollars will have to pay for all this and taxes will have to be raised.Federal tax dollars (your tax dollars) will not cover the costs to properly maintain the road, So I guess that means raising NYers taxes again.
Dale Volker

Rochester, NY

#50 Feb 23, 2008
Leary wrote:
Who is going to pay for the Troopers who patrol the 190?
And provide them with a station to work out of?
The Twy presently pays for them and provides them with a station. Who is going to provide them with patrol vehicles? The DOT will of course need trucks, equipment and people to maintain the road and bridges. And a place to work out of. Presently the users of the twy pay for all of this through tolls. If the DOT takes over the road, then your tax dollars will have to pay for all this and taxes will have to be raised.Federal tax dollars (your tax dollars) will not cover the costs to properly maintain the road, So I guess that means raising NYers taxes again.
The NYSDOT has plenty of barns close enough to the Twy to support maintenance on the 190. In fact they have more locations than the NYSTA.
don white

Windham, ME

#51 Feb 23, 2008
WE NEED TO VOTE DALE VOLKER OUT BEFORE HE SCREWS UP THIS TOLL REMOVAL.
Concerned citizen

Windham, ME

#52 Feb 23, 2008
I THINK ALL THE AUTHORITIES NEED TO BE LOOKED AT BY NYS AND OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY ADDED TO EACH ONE. GETTING RID OF THESE TOLLS IS WAY TOO LATE IN COMING.
You ask for it

AOL

#53 Feb 24, 2008
Not in my back yard.I dont want the tolls removed.It's not right and my money wont be comming in.A $1.00 a car is very nice for my pockets.We need that money down state because were better then you poor upstaters.All you people in Buffalo want is keep the old stuff and NOT build anything new.Not in my back yard we cant build that new building.You people cant even build a new peace bridge.What a joke that is.Keep the $1.00 toll because we like new stuff down state.Also raise the tax's because we dont want new jobs comming to ny.With the taxs we charge were doing a good job keeping jobs OUT.Wait until the Gov. gets done with your money.You wont have any.He's going to tax everything you own or buy.They just dont get it and you voted them in office.Shame on you.Keep the OLD and not the NEW. So dont cry and just pay.$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Since: Feb 08

Buffalo, NY

#54 Feb 24, 2008
Keep the tolls. If you tear down the tolls the taxes will go up for everyone. Now atleast money is coming from cars and trucks that pass through them. If you use the bridge like I do then deal with the toll and if you dont then keep your money and use it wisely.
stacy

Buffalo, NY

#55 Feb 24, 2008
The tolls will come down when ALL the people that pass through them for free have to start paying. I mean like state employees, government officials etc.
phil

Buffalo, NY

#56 Feb 24, 2008
Keep the tolls in place. The bridges are expensive to operate - those who use them should pay for their use. I support "discounts" for residents, however, many users are visitors to Niagara Falls and the bridge tolls are, in effect, an inexpensive "admission fee".
Kim

Birmingham, MI

#57 Feb 24, 2008
phil wrote:
Keep the tolls in place. The bridges are expensive to operate - those who use them should pay for their use. I support "discounts" for residents, however, many users are visitors to Niagara Falls and the bridge tolls are, in effect, an inexpensive "admission fee".
i shouldn't have to pay for admission to GI ...i live in buffalo and work in the falls...i didnt put water between the 2 places....i pay my taxes...so i don't agree with you that it's just an admission fee...
OMG

Rochester, NY

#58 Feb 24, 2008
Kim wrote:
<quoted text>
i shouldn't have to pay for admission to GI ...i live in buffalo and work in the falls...i didnt put water between the 2 places....i pay my taxes...so i don't agree with you that it's just an admission fee...
You took the job in the Falls knowing the bridges, along with the tolls were there.

Why did you take the job if you didn't want to pay the tolls????? Drive around!!!!
Marko

United States

#59 Feb 24, 2008
Buffalo Refugee wrote:
Before the corks start a-poppin, let's remember that the 190 would not be tranferred to Cinderella's fairy godmother, it would be transferred to the state of NY, which does not exactly have a sterling reputation for efficiency! So before the short attention span magic bullet mentality takes over let's think about what will happen years down the road. Will all of us be paying some creative "fee" to maintain a road all of us do not use?
Correct! NYSDOT will take it over using our tax money, whether you use it or not. They can't maintain what they have now.

“Get Some Cheese For That Whine”

Since: Nov 07

United States

#60 Feb 24, 2008
so wrong wrote:
This is the problem with this area - people focus on the small things that hardly effect them in the long run - not the bigger issues.... People get pissed that they have to pay 75 cents to cross a bridge, but aren't nearly as pissed about the lack of jobs, or the lack of economy or whatever. You know what? If there were more jobs, and less people on welfare, and decent politicians (if they exist) in this area, there would probably be enough of a tax base to pay for the 190 on its own. That would be the right way to fix the toll issue - but no, people focus on 75 FREAKING CENTS that most people pay, what, 3, 4 times a year (I'm excluding you GI people who only pay like 17cents with ez pass and the people in the falls who work south of GI)?!? GEEZ!! Focus on something bigger!! I bet you spend $1.25 every morning at Tim Hortons on your way into work, but that doesn't bug you - the money spent to FIX A ROAD does. I'll be you all know how to make coffee - how many of you can fix a road?
AIN'T THAT THE TRUTH!!!!
COUNTRY GIRL

Warsaw, NY

#61 Feb 24, 2008
Islamder Also. Allegany County doesn't want your cast offs. We are a great rural area and want to keep it that way.

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