Critics Unmoved By Revised MTA Plan

Friday, April 17, 2009

Critics say the latest plan to bail out the MTA sounds too much like the old one. The Ravitch Commission has revised its proposal to put tolls on free bridges over the East and Harlem Rivers, saying trips for medical reasons or deliveries would be exempt. State Senator Pedro Espada of the Bronx says he's still against tolls.

ESPADA: It's a nightmare, it's an administrative nightmare to do this and to collect the money so I think we should go back to a simple idea: no tolls.

REPORTER: Democrats need every one of their 32 votes in the state Senate to pass any MTA rescue plan since Republicans are against it. The legislature has been in recess because of the religious holidays but will reconvene on Monday.


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