뉴욕타임즈 사설: 자동차 출근이 이기면 지하철 승객들 손해

IF DRIVERS WIN, RIDERS LOSE
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Facing big deficits, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is threatening big fare increases — from $2 to $3 for a subway ride, for instance — for everyone who uses public transit. 방대한 적자에 직면하게 되자 MTA (뉴욕 지역의 공영 지하철, 버스 운영 기관)는 공영 대중 교통 수단 이용자들 모두에게 승차 요금의 대규모 인상을 과하겠다고 위협하고 있다. 예를 들어, 지하철 승차 요금을 2달러에서 3달러로 올리려는 것이다. Gov. David Paterson and other politicians are trying to head this off, or reduce the pain. Here’s one suggestion: Ask drivers to start paying tolls on the bridges that cross the Harlem and East Rivers. 데이비드 패터슨 주지사를 비롯한 정치인들은 그러한 움직임을 차단하거나 시민들 고통을 더는 방안을 모색 중이다. 우리가 한 가지 안을 건의하겠다: 할렘 강과 이스트 리버의 다리들을 건너 시내로 들어올 때 자동차 운전자들에게 통행료를 물도록 하는 것이다. Just about every commuter pays a fee of some sort — except for drivers who use those bridges. This is manifestly unfair to millions of others who take the bus, subway or railroad in this area to get to work. Charging drivers their fair share was an important part of proposals offered last year by a commission led by Richard Ravitch, who once ran the authority. To put the entire system on a stronger financial footing, and to avoid both drastic fare increases and service cuts, the commission’s plan required contributions from riders, businesses and people who drive cars. Riders would endure a modest increase in the cost of their trips. Businesses, governments and unions in the 12-county area around New York City would do their part with a modest tax per employee. And drivers would start paying new bridge tolls. It is that last part that has politicians in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx up in arms. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, seeking re-election this year, has not rejected the measure, suggesting that it is an option and obviously trying to leave the impression that it does not come from him. He should be pitching the idea hard, because it could also cut congestion. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, considered the most powerful man in Albany, has not blocked the proposal, while the newly Democratic-controlled State Senate is still not organized on this issue. Mr. Paterson should provide the missing leadership — especially when tough economic times mean more people will surely need the bus or subway or railroad to get to work. If everyone contributes, no one would have to suffer the drastic cuts in service and draconian increases in fares now proposed by the M.T.A. February 10, 2009 (ⓒ2009 The New York Times) (ⓒ2009 usabriefing.net)
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