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Raise Thruway tolls, don’t resort to layoffs, to finance new bridge

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Raise Thruway tolls, don’t resort to layoffs, to finance new bridge Is cutting jobs the New York State Thruway Authority’s best decision? On Jan. 30, the Thruway Authority confirmed an 8 percent layoff of its work force. Cutting 234 jobs from the current 2,968 is irrational, only saving $20 million annually. The reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge, estimated at $3.1 billion, will take five years to complete. Layoffs will cover 3 percent of the ...

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February 19, 2013
6:20 a.m.

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Bruce, all the education in the world wont change stupid drivers. How much education do you need to use a rotary? Do you need to educate people to properly use a merging lane? Get on the Northway at exit 8 in the morning. People come to the bottom of the ramp, slow down and put their turn signal on. It doesn't matter that the merge lane is half a mile long. These idiots create the traffic mess and all the education in the world will not instill common sense in people that should take the bus!

February 19, 2013
8:47 a.m.

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You can't fix stupid. I have had drivers slam on their breaks coming off the northway going into a designated merge lane that never has on coming traffic. I guess 25% of drivers never signal their intentions to turn, will stop suddenly for no appearant reason, pass on the right when lanes merge into one, pass on solid lines when other vehicles are driving the speed limit, speed up and run traffic control lights that have just turned red ahead of them.
I have called 911 and reported appearantly intoxicated drivers who have nearly caused an accident or pushed me to the shoulder of the road. Perhaps the threat of a ticket would put some courtesy and common sence into those who don't care about other drivers or safety.

February 19, 2013
7:06 p.m.

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Re: Driver education key to Malta roundabout. Isn't driver competency decided at the driver competency license test? So how can so many ignorant and stupid drivers get through that test? Does it take all that much intelligence to figure out how to negotiate a roundabout - or does it? Compared to the freeway drivers, the roundabout driving impaired are not that much a threat. How about the person who refuses to accelerate to freeway speed when accelerating on the on ramp of a freeway like the Northway? Going along at less than freeway speed at the end of the acceleration lane and forcing their merge into the right driving lane that causes the vehicle in the right driving freeway lane to slam on their brakes to allow them onto the freeway? That's probably why people drive in the 87 freeway center lane at lower than the speed limit - to avoid those acceleration lane hesitationers. So how could these incompetent drivers negotiate a simple roundabout? And how do they pass a driver test and get a driver license?