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The latest incarnation of the MTA bailout plan exempts drivers on certain business and medical trips from paying a $2 toll on East River and Harlem River bridges. To offset these exemptions, the plan also includes a 50-cent surcharge on cab rides and an increased tax on Manhattan garage parking. But despite the compromise, Senators Carl Kruger, Pedro Espada and Ruben Diaz continue to oppose any tolls, preferring that a small of number of drivers pay nothing while millions of subway and bus riders pay more and get less or no service at all. Still, unless the MTA gets to the real root of the problem, its insurmountable debt, no amount of tolls are going to drive them out of this fiscal hole. |NYT|

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