Seriously, this is absolutely ridiculous. If you live in the South Shore, you get to use these services for free. North Shore? At least $35 a week, about $1820 a year. That’s 1820 a year that could be going to the local economy. That’s $1820 that could be someone’s food or phone or rent. That’s $1820 that may cost people their jobs, no longer able to afford to commute into the city, especially those without good access to public transportation or who work during hours that the T is not open. (And for those who can take the T, the fairs have jumped quickly there too – and parking at the T has increased $2 a day as well, making that no more affordable than the Tobin).
The death of the Turnpike Authority couldn’t happen soon enough. Don’t these people get it – middle class and working class people cross these bridges and tunnels every day? I certainly can’t afford these increases to the Tobin, which I frequently use. I’m going to have to go all the way to Route 95, to catch Route 93, and go without the toll. The result? The MBTA loses my $3 a trip, I have to spend more on gas and I lose about 20 minutes of my day. It’s a freaking lose, lose, lose. I bet a lot of drivers will alter their routes, making the already-bad traffic on 95 much worse.
It’s well past time for this state to dump all the tolls, or at least those that aren’t on the border, and just raise the gas tax by a small sum. 5-10 cents a gallon would make up the difference and then some, so we could focus on more roads beyond Greater Boston.