On Wednesday, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority board of directors voted unanimously to table a discussion on a proposal to ask the General Assembly to approve tolls on the Mount Hope Bridge.
The board voted to postpone this discussion until its next meeting on Feb. 8.
However, local residents are still voicing opposition to this proposal. The following comments were made this week on Bristol-Warren Patch's Facebook page:
Paul Mancieri of Leo's Ristorante wrote, "Tolls on the bridge would be a disaster. It's a local bridge not one traveled heavily by out of staters. This would be another form of taxation that in these times is not warranted."
Dale Aubrey wrote, "there must have been a reason why they got rid of them in the first place, can the tolls really generate enough funds for employees/benefits/pensions/ AND have enough left over for the reason in the first place???"
Julie Crawford Kallman wrote, "Please, NO, the impact on military families would be horrible. As well as many other commuters and businesses."
Marcia Johnstone Whitney says, "No to the tolls. I was an RWC student when the tolls did exist and as a student it was a pain, now as a commuter it would still be a drag. In fact it would eliminate me from coming to Bristol at all as I would go through Fall River..."
So tell us, Do you think there should be tolls on the Mount Hope Bridge?