Opinion

Staten Island: Do You Know How Congested You Are?

How To Reduce The Island’s Traffic Nightmare

By: Roseanne Cassar

Sometimes the island’s traffic can get so bad to the point of standstill. Credit: martino-realty.com

Everybody who lives here on Staten Island knows first-hand how bad the traffic is, especially if you have been living here for over 20 years. Around holiday season mode, traffic is horrific. Bumper to bumper of cars, buses and trucks.

It is absolutely disgusting on the roads. So far, weather conditions have been a little too nice to us in the month of December. No one knows yet what January or February will bring with the weather.

Staten Islanders haven’t been hit with the white stuff yet. When it comes, the traffic here will become so crippling. It will make traveling by car and bus extremely difficult.

I have noticed this recently because I take a lot of public transportation. From the point of view of a bus rider, I have seen other drivers do some crazy and unthinkable maneuvers on the road. It looks like driving stunts just trying to get in front of the bus.

I call it a death wish. Not only that but it takes way too much time trying to get from one place to another. Sometimes the traffic can be so bad it causes a standstill.  

Moving slowly like a snail, micro-inch by micro-inch. Staten Island’s traffic definitely needs a change. The past mayors have tried to change the forgotten borough’s traffic situation but to no avail.

Our past mayors’ ideas did not work. All they came up with was “let’s try to save commuter money on this toll or that toll.” Did this solve the issue? Nope.

Staten Island has a total of 4 bridges that contribute to the traffic problem. We have the Verrazano Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing. 

Our wonderful politicians came up with the EZ Pass, the HOV lane on highways and express buses. They suggest that travelers use public transportation instead of their vehicles and ride sharing apps such as Uber or Lyft. 

Has any of these options really helped with solving Staten Island’s traffic? I don’t think so. Well, I have an idea, and it might just make Staten Island’s traffic more horrific. 

As I just mentioned the bridges, I was thinking why not add one more to the mix?

What is one more bridge on Staten Island? I think the new bridge should be parallel to the Verrazano Bridge. The bridge should be built connecting Staten Island to a different part of Brooklyn.

I believe that most of Staten Island’s traffic comes from people who are traveling from Brooklyn and New Jersey. If we added another bridge, the politicians would be money hungry for sure.  

Instead of creating a toll system that would benefit the commuters’ pockets, they would fill theirs. 

The traffic issues on Staten Island may be solved in the short-term, but then could start up again. Another bridge would be the answer that Staten Island needs, but the hurt will come from tolls. 

So what do Staten Islanders do in the meantime? We continue to suffer from bumper to bumper traffic.

We have no choice and very little to say about it. We vote for people thinking that one day we will find the person who will understand what the forgotten borough has gone through. Maybe he or she will eventually help us out one day.

 

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