Friday, July 17, 2015
Goldfeder states Cross Bay Bridge Traffic Jams pose "threat" during hurricane season
Thursday, July 16, 2015 10:30 am
Citing a traffic jam in Broad Channel due to an influx of beachgoers over the weekend, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) is calling on the MTA to place more cash tolls on the Cross Bay Bridge leading from the island into the Rockaways.
“It is unacceptable that the MTA does not have the appropriate staff and toll booths in place to allow residents to cross without delay,” Goldfeder said in a press release issued on Monday.
According to him, Broad Channel residents experienced a near-hour delay trying to drive up Cross Bay Boulevard because of the number of people heading toward the peninsula on Sunday.
Goldfeder said many people heading to the beach don’t use the E-ZPass lanes, clogging up the one cash-toll lane.
“Just as Rockaway seems to be experiencing a resurgence it seems to be threatened by poor management at the MTA as beachgoers were dismayed at the delays,” the assemblyman said in his release.
Goldfeder added that these delays pose a threat during the upcoming hurricane season.