Wow, my thanks to reporter Woodward for doing the homework. Its great to see the facts come out about the political games being played with this critical infrastructure.
One more point-- there were 180 wrecks on the CCC last month. The bridge is one of the most traveled in the state and it takes a dedicated police force, who know the bridge, to keep the traffic running. The 29 officers of the CCC Police Department-- paid for from tolls-- provides the fastest response time of any police force in the state, to accidents. Five Minutes on average...
The plans afoot to kill off the tolls, would also fire at least half of the existing force. (Thats right, the State is firing the most efficient of all the forces in the state!) The State Troopers are coming up with a plan, to retain some of the CCC PD, but folded into the troopers. Unfortunately they were forced to reduce their own numbers the past few years, for lack of funding. So, without funding, its not clear how they will pay for this force on the Bridge. With a reduction in the force we are likely to see increased commute times over the bridge.
Connick refuses to promise that if he manages to kill off the tolls that
a) There will be no increase in the commute time or b) that the ferries will continue to operate.
Those working to kill the tolls have not got any plans in place yet to provide existing services, or pay for them. Its the height of irresponsibility to kill off the tolls-- if the police response time on the bridge increases increases say, to ten minutes, that means not just hours more of commute time a week, it also means that someone critically injured during a wreck, is sitting longer on the bridge without medical attention....
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