Dear Governor Murphy,

We the people of Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea on the west side of Manhattan, implore you to take the appropriate steps to stem the humanitarian crisis New Jersey drivers befell our community everyday. From 3 to 8 pm, hordes of angry and aggressive drivers pack into Lincoln Tunnel accesses, located on miles of commercial and residential streets. They honk and idle for hours, block every intersection and every pedestrian crossing and prevent emergency vehicles from passing through.

As a result, restaurants struggle to recover from the pandemic because they cannot use their outside space; terrified residents keep their children home to avoid the mayhem; the district has the third worst air quality in New York City and emergency services are often delayed or honk desperately, to gain passage.

Since the COVID recovery, the situation is much worse. It has become untenable. This video was taken recently on 9th Avenue.

NYPD does not have the resources to man 30 or more intersections everyday. Shouldn’t New Jersey accept responsibility for the chaos sewn by its citizens on an adjoining state?

Which brings us to Congestion Pricing. You made pronouncements in opposition to New York ‘s Congestion Pricing scheme. Would you feel the same way if New Yorkers were imposing such level of chaos onto New Jersey residents? It is urgent that drivers give up their cars and return to mass transit. The current situation is not sustainable for New Jersey commuters either: the length of peak hour commute has increased by one hour. It is clear that the current tolls do not sufficiently dissuade driving. The congestion is real and must be abated.

On a regional level, congestion pricing is about reducing congestion and raising funds for public transit. Two New Jersey mass transit projects are underway that could benefit from funding : Port Authority Bus terminal replacement and the Penn Station expansion. The State of New Jersey itself could significantly increase river crossing tolls to achieve its mass transit goals and bring relief to our community? Only then would there be a legitimate reason to consider exemptions.

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Melodie Bryant
Melodie Bryant
16 days ago

The financial burden NJ drivers place on NYers is unfair and untenable. From asthma & health care costs, to lost business to exacerbating global warming – to lost lives. These drivers should contribute directly to Congestion Pricing as a way to to transform both their commute and the mayhem their vehicles cause in NYC. This is WAY overdue.

daniel f sciannameo
daniel f sciannameo
Reply to  Melodie Bryant
15 days ago

Many of those cars have ny plates.

Kathleen
Kathleen
Reply to  Melodie Bryant
15 days ago

Melanie – agree wholeheartedly. Excluding NY plates……the state of NJ has made it so EASY for commuters to take the bus into the City. It’s time for NJ to step up to the plate and get those drivers in bus seats. Congestion pricing is worth the effort, too. We in Hell’s Kitchen need relief!!!!

Tina
Tina
13 days ago

Certainly, NJ commuters — most with only drivers in the cars/SUVS — are much to blame. (Whatever happened to the emphasis of ride sharing, like we had in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s?)

But how the hell were Uber and Lyft, and now Revel, allowed to clog our streets to the tune of tens of thousands extra vehicles per day, making a bad situation much, much worse? It’s inane and must stop.

Member of CB4, Tina D

Last edited 13 days ago by Tina