New York City considers raising tolls on some bridges

| Friday, August 06, 2004

The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering a proposal that would raise tolls on a number of bridges in and around the city.

If the toll increases – which range from 80 cents to $2 – are approved as part of the new MTA budget, they could take effect sometime in 2005, Frank Pascual of the MTA’s bridges and tunnels division said. At this point, the toll increase proposal is in a very early stage.

“We haven’t even had public hearings on this yet,” Pascual said. “This is a preliminary budget; it is not final and is subject to public hearings.”

The current toll rates on New York City area bridges and tunnels for a five-axle vehicle are:

  • Verrazano Narrows Bridge, Triborough Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, Queens Midtown Tunnel, Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the Bronx Whitestone Bridge, $22 one-way toll, or $17.60 with E-ZPass; and
  • The Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, $11 cash, $8.80 with E-ZPass.

If the proposal goes through in its current form, the new tolls would be:

  • Verrazano Narrows Bridge, Triborough Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, Queens Midtown Tunnel, Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the Bronx Whitestone Bridge, $24 one-way toll, or $19.20 with E-ZPass; and
  • The Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, $12 cash, $9.60 with E-ZPass.

Pascual said the MTA would hold public hearings on the proposed rate hikes in September. The exact dates and times of the hearings will be announced later. Meanwhile, MTA officials will have time to explore and resolve any other issues related to the proposal.

“The thing to keep in mind is that these are only proposed,” he said. “They have not in any way been approved by anybody.”

The MTA board will not likely take action before the end of the year.

--by Mark H. Reddig, associate editor

Mark Reddig can be reached at mark_reddig@landlinemag.com.

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