Caught between the bureaucratic behemoths of the MTA and the Port Authority on a busy holiday travel weekend are us little folks who pay the tolls and the fares. Actually, we’re always caught between them.
Sometimes, the big guys can learn to get along, as when they turned the LaGuardia Link Q70 bus into a free shuttle to the subway. The duo makes it free every holiday, like this one, then foolishly puts back the fare each time. Make it free, for good.
Another belated smart move: the PA leaning on the MTA during weekend PATH closures for upgrades. In 2016, the Port hired buses all weekend, around the clock, to ferry PATH riders up and down Manhattan. This time, they are simply handing PATH riders two-trip MetroCards only good that weekend. Cost? Just 13 cents a card, plus $2.75 for each ride taken. That is vastly cheaper than running buses all weekend.
The Port should learn even more from their cousins and finally rip up their toll booths and use open-road tolling, like the MTA has done.