Aiming To Eliminate The Grand Island ...

Aiming To Eliminate The Grand Island Tolls.

There are 39 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Apr 1, 2008, titled Aiming To Eliminate The Grand Island Tolls.. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

A bill which seeks the transfer of jurisdiction of the I-190 from the Thruway Authority to the State Department of Transportation, which could potentially get rid of the tolls at the Grand Island Bridges, took ...

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So sad

Buffalo, NY

#21 Apr 2, 2008
Where have some of you people been?? You obviously don't come onto the island because the toll has been a dollar for quite some time now.
Mike

Bethpage, NY

#22 Apr 2, 2008
Where do these " problem makers " go ?
ugh

Buffalo, NY

#23 Apr 2, 2008
just because there is a toll on the bridge does not mean it is going to keep "problems" from coming onto the island. if you haven't noticed, there isn't much room to put a bunch of strip malls and all sorts of businesses that aren't already here. one dollar will not keep people from coming here.
Old Islander

Buffalo, NY

#24 Apr 2, 2008
Boris wrote:
A new islander,
Apparently, you are in the minority. I too live on this island and am sick of the toll back-ups everyday, the smog generated at the tolls and the minor traffic accidents.
The removal of the tolls will generate more income as people will be able to shop at businesses on the island, through the State Police
ticketing more wayward drivers and will alieviate the truck congestion in the towns of Tonawanda, North Tonawanda, Wheatfield, Amherst, and Streets in Niagara Falls, as well as generate more tourist dollars.
Just because YOU don't like something, doesn't mean it isn't good for the community as a whole.
Boris - What shopping??? Fucillo??? Rite Aid??? Why would people come here to shop - we don't have anything!
Sick of New York State

Buffalo, NY

#25 Apr 2, 2008
USE2LIVINB-LO wrote:
WNYer's should feel very lucky to be paying ONLY $.75 to cross the Grand Island Bridges. Here in NYC, it's $8-$10 (that's right, dollars) EVERY TIME you cross a bridge or go through a tunnel. If what's going on back there is robbery, what happens here is a felony! I'd love to pay $.75 again!!
F.Y.I. It was just raised to a $1.00 (with no warning)
Buffalo Res

Littleton, NH

#26 Apr 3, 2008
A new islander wrote:
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It is funny, any long term islander I have ever met is against the toll removal as well.

They're just agreeing with you to shut you up. The more access the tourist have to drive to NF, the better for the economy. This is the thought that is bringing the tolls down. GI will remain a small community as long as they don't supply the needed permits to build. I'm sure that your elected officials can see to that.
Kitty Kat

Fishers, NY

#27 Apr 3, 2008
Old Islander wrote:
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Boris - What shopping??? Fucillo??? Rite Aid??? Why would people come here to shop - we don't have anything!
Yes we do! LOL! We have Family Dollar and Dollar General. Then we have Pizza Hut, Johns, Brick Oven and 5 other pizza places!
A new islander

United States

#28 Apr 3, 2008
Buffalo Res wrote:
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They're just agreeing with you to shut you up. The more access the tourist have to drive to NF, the better for the economy. This is the thought that is bringing the tolls down. GI will remain a small community as long as they don't supply the needed permits to build. I'm sure that your elected officials can see to that.
Wow thanks for your insight. Most of the long term islanders are very passionate about not wanting the tolls removed. I having only lived there slightly over a year LISTEN to them. Tourists in Niagara Falls? To do what? Go to casino that is about all.
A new islander

United States

#29 Apr 3, 2008
Kitty Kat wrote:
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Yes we do! LOL! We have Family Dollar and Dollar General. Then we have Pizza Hut, Johns, Brick Oven and 5 other pizza places!
And don't forget the world's biggest Wilson Farms.
:-)
Frank

Buffalo, NY

#30 Apr 3, 2008
If someone wants to visit my house in GI, they have to pay a dollar to the State to come see me... It slows down and congests traffic, ESPECIALLY AT PEAK HOURS, it doesn't provide ANY monies to the people or economy in GI, and it serves as a fence around the island, where visitors have to pay. And for those of you who feel it keeps crime away...HA!!!! You should live in a society where walls block your community to keep people out...THIS IS AMERICA!!! While I live there, it's a shame that people feel they have to keep 'outsiders' away...that's the old racist mentality of the 1880s...sorry, but the toll BARRIER around GI is no good for anyone but Albany...

“Creation Science!”

Since: Mar 08

Grand Island, NY

#31 Apr 6, 2008
If you haven't done so already, check out nogitolls.com

It's Rus Thompson's website that he's been using for the past few years with the goal of using the signatures to get the tolls off of the GI bridges.

Currently, the tolls are under control by the NYS thruway authority. The proposed legislation will get rid of the thruway authority's control of the bridges and put them into the federal government's hands.

The Niagara river is federal navigable waters, so any repairs that would be needed could and would be paid for by the federal government.

Oh, and don't forget that we have a whole bunch of gas stations, Tops, Tim Hortons/Wendy's and Fantasy Island!

I bet with the tolls gone, more people will be visiting Fantasy Island, even if it is $1.00. Getting rid of the tolls is a good idea no matter how you look at it (not to mention that the money collected doesn't even go towards bridge repair).
Amy

Buffalo, NY

#32 Apr 12, 2008
Frank wrote:
If someone wants to visit my house in GI, they have to pay a dollar to the State to come see me... It slows down and congests traffic, ESPECIALLY AT PEAK HOURS, it doesn't provide ANY monies to the people or economy in GI, and it serves as a fence around the island, where visitors have to pay. And for those of you who feel it keeps crime away...HA!!!! You should live in a society where walls block your community to keep people out...THIS IS AMERICA!!! While I live there, it's a shame that people feel they have to keep 'outsiders' away...that's the old racist mentality of the 1880s...sorry, but the toll BARRIER around GI is no good for anyone but Albany...
Uniformed resident the state doesn't get the money the NYSTA does. Then it goes to it's employees and for maintenance all along the 190 and 90. Which gets recycled back into the community, because employees live and shop here.
Now the money will come from your taxes unlike before. And you can pay the DOT twice as much as NYSTA employees were getting.
P.S. There is no stash of money the NYSTA is going to hand the state for taking the bridges over.

RESEARCH PEOPLE RESEARCH! STOP BEING IGNORANT!
GI Resident

Buffalo, NY

#33 Apr 12, 2008
A new islander wrote:
As a resident of GI I DO NOT WANT the tolls removed. Traffic will increase 10 fold. The bridges according to previous articles run at capacity during peak travel times as is. Who will pay for a new bridge when one is needed. Mr. Thompson should think that through first.
Senator Thompson is a jerk. What has he done. He is a product of a Welfare society
Amy

Buffalo, NY

#34 Apr 13, 2008
Boris wrote:
A new islander,
Apparently, you are in the minority. I too live on this island and am sick of the toll back-ups everyday, the smog generated at the tolls and the minor traffic accidents.
The removal of the tolls will generate more income as people will be able to shop at businesses on the island, through the State Police
ticketing more wayward drivers and will alieviate the truck congestion in the towns of Tonawanda, North Tonawanda, Wheatfield, Amherst, and Streets in Niagara Falls, as well as generate more tourist dollars.
Just because YOU don't like something, doesn't mean it isn't good for the community as a whole.
You must not have ezpass! So your just wasting time and money. And how do the tolls generate smog? Vehicles generate smog and it doesn't just disperse in the toll area but across the whole island, towns, city's the whole state is under smog. Take that up with your congresswoman. Accidents? Slow down.
applemama

Seal Beach, CA

#35 Apr 17, 2008
RONALD wrote:
FIRST OF ALL,
NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO PAY A TOLL TO GET HOME. I DON'T CARE WHERE IT IS.
SECOND..
IF THE E-Z PASS CAN BE SET AT DIFFERENT LEVELS FOR RESIDENTS AND NON-RESIDENTS, THEN EVERYBODY THAT IS A RESIDENT OF GRAND ISLAND SHOULD HAVE THEIR PASS SET AT ZERO IMMEDIATELY.
As a former Islander, and my family still lives there, I can tell you that it is much cheaper for an Islander resident to use their EZ Pass than it is for a non-Islander.

Also,.75 for a bridge toll for non-residents is quite a bargain! I live downtate now, and let me tell you,$4.50 to cross the Tappan Zee Bridge which is owned by the Thruway Authority, and $8.00 to cross the Whitestone Bridge which is owned by the MTA (EACH WAY for the Whitestone Bridge!) is what we pay down here. With the extremely economic (read: cheap) cost of living in the WNY area, quit yer whining! Try paying $650,000 for a house in Westchester County that would cost $125,000 in GI (on Sandy Beach). Then add your tolls in. Yeah, thought you would stop complaining!!!
applemama

Seal Beach, CA

#36 Apr 17, 2008
Frank wrote:
If someone wants to visit my house in GI, they have to pay a dollar to the State to come see me... It slows down and congests traffic, ESPECIALLY AT PEAK HOURS, it doesn't provide ANY monies to the people or economy in GI, and it serves as a fence around the island, where visitors have to pay. And for those of you who feel it keeps crime away...HA!!!! You should live in a society where walls block your community to keep people out...THIS IS AMERICA!!! While I live there, it's a shame that people feel they have to keep 'outsiders' away...that's the old racist mentality of the 1880s...sorry, but the toll BARRIER around GI is no good for anyone but Albany...
Oh gosh, quit yer whining. YOU CHOSE to live on GI, and I think you probably noticed that is an ISLAND with the Niagara RIVER all around it when you bought your house! It is a nice community to live, but so is Amhert or Williamsville. I don't see any bridge tolls around there to get into those communities, and don't even tell me about the toll on the 90. There are easy ways to avoid that!!

Bottom line, you chose to live on the island, so deal with it and stop complaining.

Plus, don't you think your friends might think it is pretty stinky to begin with tolls or no tolls by the oil refineries? That's pretty embarassing to me when I have friends visit from out of town. And not one of those friends said a word about the toll.
Michael Scott

Angola, NY

#37 Apr 17, 2008
I agree that taxes are outrageous in NYS, but I disagree that the tolls should come down. Have you ever been to Florida? Driving from the airport to Orlando, you go through 3 separate tolls, only a few miles apart, and pay $1 each time. They know where to get the money...the tourists. Residents and commuters that pass over the bridge can get plans through EZ Pass that reduce this amount. I think it is 9 cents for residents and a quarter for those that get the EZ Pass Grand Island commuter pass. Lets choose our battles wisely.

“Creation Science!”

Since: Mar 08

Grand Island, NY

#38 Jul 23, 2008
I drove down to Kentucky a little while ago, and on the way I had to pass through Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana.

Immediately passing into PA the roads were brand new.
Almost the whole way from NY to OH I was on brand new roads, yet I didn't pass a single toll (other than the one that allowed me to leave NY).

I did not meet a toll as I was leaving PA, and in Ohio, they were in the process of fixing all of the roads that I was on. They were also making new roads! One that hadn't existed before!
And I didn't hit a single toll.

Now, I know this may be a silly question to ask- but why does NY have terrible roads, and tolls everywhere?
If Ohio and Pennsylvania don't have tolls on their major roads, from where are they getting their money to fix the roads?

And why are NY roads so poor, yet we hit a toll nearly everywhere we go?

I know the answer to this question, I'm just giving you guys something to think about.
gramsp1

Buffalo, NY

#39 Jul 31, 2008
Keep the Grand Island Bridge tolls and use said tolls to establish a DEDICATED FUND for Grand Island Bridge repairs / upkeep.

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