Today’s news:

MTA approves bridge and tunnel toll increases

The MTA Wednesday approved increases in tolls on bridges and tunnels, which will mean E-ZPass users will pay 5 percent more — but motorists who pay in cash will get hit with a nearly 18 percent hike.

The approval of tolls follows the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s recent approval of fares on buses, subways and commuter trains.

It will cost from 50 cents to $1 more to pay tolls in cash starting Dec. 30.

Paying in cash will cost $6.50 at major crossings and $3.25 at minor crossings.

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will cost those paying cash $13; E-ZPass users will pay $9.60. The toll at the Henry Hudson Bridge will be $4.

The MTA said the higher costs for drivers paying in cash would encourage people to use mass transit.

Following the vote, MTA Chairman Jay Walder was asked whether he thought thousands of people would leave their cars at home and take mass transit rather than pay more for tolls.

“I think if toll increases were to move more people to public transit, I don’t think it would be the worst thing in the world,” Walder said.

Reach contributing writer Philip Newman by e-mail at or phone at 718-260-4536.

Pin It
Print this story

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

CNG: Community Newspaper Group