Jul 26, 2014

MTA Considers Cash Toll Hike: Report

Drivers could feel an extra pinch in the MTA's new budget, according to the Daily News.

MTA Considers Cash Toll Hike: Report

The MTA is considering a proposal that would raise tolls on New York City’s major bridges and tunnels, the New York Daily News says.

Under the scenario, cash tolls for the Verrazano Bridge would jump from $13 to $15, while the Robert F. Kennedy, Whitestone and Throgs Neck bridges, as well as the Midtown and Battery tunnels would all increase to $7.50. Cash olls on the Henry Hudson Bridge would be raised to $5, while bridges like the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial and the Cross Bay Vets Memorial would rise to $3.75.

Drivers who use E-ZPass have been given a small discount on tolls – a way to entice more customers – though according to the paper’s sources, with 80 percent of drivers already enrolled in the program, electronic tolls may rise as well.

The MTA board will vote on a final budget in December, with the increased tolls going into effect by March. Potential subway and bus fare increases could be voted on at the same time. 

Do you do a lot of commuting over toll bridges in the city? How will the extra money at the booth impact you?

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