Petition to Fight Bridge Tolls Goes Online

Wanna sign the petition, but can't do it in person? You can now voice your opinion online.

While around Portsmouth and Tiverton last week (collecting thousands of signatures), there's a new way to protest proposed plans for . 

Two online petitions have been published on Change.org

One petition, entitled "Stop Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority" and created by Lena Korovina of Providence, had 79 supporters as of Monday morning and a number of comments, including this one here from Jonathan K. of Cranston: 

RI has enough revenue from the gas tax to cover the bridges in the state. RIPTA bus lines should be a self revenue program giving all gas tax to state bridges. RI needs to understand that they must do more with less like most of it's residents have had to with the tax increases and poor economy this state has due to it's horrible business environment.

To view or sign this petition, click here. 

Jim Lipe of Tiverton also started a second petition, entitled "Stop the Sakonnet River Bridge and Route 24 Toll." This petition had 15 signatures as of noon Monday.

To view or sign this petition, click here.

Protests against the bridge tolls are gaining momentum on Aquidneck Island and in nearby Tiverton. On Friday, about outside Clements' Market against the tolls. 

Rally organizer Jeanne Smith told talk show host and former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci she's collected "thousands of signatures." Smith plans to present her petition to the governor and state legislators. 

On Tuesday, the Portsmouth Town Council will also hear a proposal for a resolution, recommended by Councilor Judi Staven. The resolution, according to the agenda, would oppose "the State’s Decision to Place a Toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge and Support for the Petition Drive." 

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall. The regular meeting was postponed a day due to the V-J holiday. 

Tom Librera August 13, 2012 at 08:17 PM
You have got to be kidding already! $8.00 to cross the Sakonnet River Bridge! It costs that much to cross the GW bridge in NYC! I pick up my prescriptions on the Navy Base. I might as well go to CVS! Not to mention all the small businesses that will be affected. One of my favorite places to eat is Scampi's! It won't be any more if these tolls go through! Who's brain child is this anyhow!
K Wright August 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Actually - It's $12 to cross the GW Bridge, ALL the bridges and tunnels onto Manhattan are tolled not just the one a majority of the tourists use; AND Manhattan/NY residents do NOT get a discounted toll. If we're going to toll the bridge in Newport and Newport/North Kingstown/CT commuters have to pay why shouldn't we Portsmouth/Tiverton/Little Compton/MA commuters have to pay? More cars cross the Sakonnet River Bridge than the Newport and Jamestown bridges. Why do our fellow Aquidneck Island residents have to bear the cost of bridge maintenance on their own? While some Newport residents might be in the 1%, many are actually less well off economically than the average Portsmouth, Tiverton, or Little Compton resident.
PortsmouthDaddy August 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM
K Wright, want to compare the tolls of the GW and comment on the economy on Portsmouth, Tiverton, and Little Compton. You do realize that the people commuting to NYC are making a higher income than those here in RI. Not to mention, there are more work opportunies in NYC than in RI. The point is that why is one side of the state carrying the burden of tolls while all the rest of that remains free of tolls. The traffic on the CT/RI border alone would make up a sizable income.
K Wright August 15, 2012 at 12:04 AM
PortsmouthDaddy, I know the toll will have drawbacks, I know it will hurt, I live here too. BUT, while residents of Manhattan might make "more" than those of us here on Aquidneck, I think that proportionately we are closer than you suggest. The entire cost of living in Manhattan is more not just the tolls so our respective "disposable incomes" (at least of the average resident) are similar. Obviously they have a higher density of population than we do, for which I am VERY grateful! That population means more job opportunities, but also a more a much more difficult housing market. There is no such thing as "affordable housing" in Manhattan. We each have to choose what environment we are willing to live in. That being said, many residents in many states find that funds collected in their region gest spread around the entire state for the state's benefit as a whole. That's life. Do you think that the tolls collected on the GW and other bridges & tunnels in and around the NYC metro area don't benefit the states of NY & NJ as a whole? As for work opportunities, that is a far bigger, systemic problem in this state and a whole different conversation.
Bix August 30, 2012 at 03:27 PM
K WRIGHT, If that is your thought process then kindly explain to me how residents of Providence didn't have to be tolled for the recent Washington Bridge, north/ south split project?
Bix August 30, 2012 at 03:28 PM


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