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Old 05-03-2012, 04:24 PM
 
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Gridlock Sam has evidently not been formally introduced to Mayor Bloomberg, who does not enjoy being upstaged by people coming up with rational (if not actually feasible) proposals.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:39 AM
 
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I am all for this. Would love some pedestrian/biker bridges into the city.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I'd like to see all cab rates tripled with 2/3 of the revenue going towards infrastructure.
Why worry about incoming cars when everything on the road in Manhattan is YELLOW.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:05 AM
 
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First and foremost, I'd like to see a bicycle sharing system implented in NYC.
I'd like to see more bus only lanes (even though I recently got a ticket in one of them ;P ), more trains, and car pooling stations (no more single people driving south of 98 St).

I also would like to see a higher tax on yellow cabs, which would increase the fares and reduce their use.


All of those things would help to get more cars out of the road and more people using sustainable ways of transportation.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:28 AM
 
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Agreed!
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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My problem with congestion pricing is that it's as regressive as a tax can be, and hurts the poor while the rich are unscathed. What does a hedge fund manager care if you charge him $50 to go to midtown Manhattan? I say tax every limousine $500.
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Old 05-04-2012, 03:54 PM
 
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as much as i hate taxes at least this is fair- you pay for what you use
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Western Massachusetts
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My problem with congestion pricing is that it's as regressive as a tax can be, and hurts the poor while the rich are unscathed. What does a hedge fund manager care if you charge him $50 to go to midtown Manhattan? I say tax every limousine $500.
How many poor people drive into midtown Manhattan?
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:49 PM
 
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How many poor people drive into midtown Manhattan?
Unless I'm mistaken, none of the buildings in midtown clean themselves. And none of the retaurants and stores are totally automated. And the shoe shine stands are not self-service. It takes a support structure for millionaires to make their millions (although the millionaires tend to forget that). There are probably more poor people in midtown than there are millionaires.
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