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Press Release
June 19, 2012
Rockaway Residents In Toll Rebate Program Getting Automatic Rebates Once Again

With software and back office modifications completed, Rockaway residents who participate in the toll rebate program are once again receiving automatic rebates on their E-ZPass accounts.

The automatic rebates began on June 15th for qualified participants and any trips taken since April 1st will be credited retroactively to their account by the end of this month. The program was reinstated thanks to $4 million in funding provided to the MTA in the State budget, which went into effect on April 1st.

Press Release
June 15, 2012
Real Time Travel Signs Are A Hit With MTA Customers

Real time travel signs are proving to be a hit with motorists who use MTA Bridges and Tunnels bridges, as evidenced by a 15 point jump in a recent customer survey rating travel information services, among other categories.

The most recent annual Customer Satisfaction survey showed a significant jump from the 67 percent satisfaction rating for traveler information services in 2010 to 82 percent in 2011.

Press Release
June 7, 2012
Throgs Neck Bronx-bound Cross Island Parkway Ramp Closed Overnight Thurs. June 7th Into Fri. June 8th

The Throgs Neck Bridge's Cross Island Parkway ramp leading north to the Bronx will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, June 7th into Friday, June 8th for restriping work.

As a result of this work, the Bronx-bound closure of two lanes at the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge scheduled for Thursday night into Friday morning from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. has been canceled.

Press Release
June 4, 2012
Seven New Peregrine Falcon Chicks Call MTA Bridges Home

Talk about a room with a view! Seven new peregrine falcon chicks are living in their parents' nesting boxes high atop three MTA bridges.

The new chicks include four newly hatched peregrines at Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial, two at Throgs Neck and one at the Verrazano-Narrows. They hatched in early May and were recently banded by wildlife specialist Chris Nadareski, of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection's Wildlife Studies division. To see a You Tube video of this year's banding click here.

Press Release
June 1, 2012
Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Overnight Lane Closures Beginning Mon. June 4th For Necessary Repaving Work

Two Bronx-bound lanes on the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge will be closed for roadway paving Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. beginning Monday, June 4th.

In addition, two lanes heading into Queens will be closed on one night, Friday night into Saturday morning, from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. for the same repaving work.

Press Release
May 24, 2012
Throgs Neck Bridge Bronx Approach Cleaning and Paint Project Set To Begin

The Bronx approach steel structures at the Throgs Neck Bridge will be repainted as part of a $47 million rehabilitation project that includes removing the last lead paint from the bridge, cleaning and repairing steel and applying new paint.

This project is the last phase of an overall, $100 million paint program at the Throgs Neck Bridge, which began in 2006, and to date has included the cleaning and painting of the suspended spans, towers and the Queens approach structures.

Press Release
May 21, 2012
Throgs Neck Bridge Work Will Result in Weekend Road Closures Bronx-Bound For Six Weekends Beginning June 1st

One Throgs Neck Bridge approach roadway lane to the Bronx and the Cross Island Parkway ramp to the Bronx will be closed for six weekends beginning Friday, June 1st. in order to replace roadway asphalt.

The work involves removing two-inches of asphalt on the three north-bound roadways at the Queens approach to the bridge, sand blasting the steel deck, and then applying new roadway binder and asphalt.

Roadway closures include the following:

Press Release
May 18, 2012
Routine Maintenance Work Suspended For Memorial Day Weekend

MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend all routine maintenance work beginning 1 p.m. on Friday, May 25th
through the end of the morning rush on Tuesday, May 29th to accommodate motorists traveling this
Memorial Day weekend.

"In an effort to make traveling easier for customers looking to get away for the weekend, all routine
maintenance and construction work will be suspended," said Bridges and Tunnels Vice President and Chief
of Operations James Fortunato.

Press Release
May 15, 2012
Bridges and Tunnels Going Old School Toll Booths At All Nine Crossings Being Repainted MTA Blue

MTA Bridges and Tunnels is sprucing up its toll plazas, repainting toll booths at all nine crossings a uniform and familiar color, MTA blue. The actual color is called "safety blue" but it happens to also coincides closely with the color of the MTA logo.

Press Release
May 9, 2012
Cross Bay Bridge One Lane In Each Direction Closed Weekdays Between 7 AM And 6:30 PM Until Fall

One lane in each direction at the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge will be closed to traffic weekdays between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. for concrete repairs beneath the bridge.

The southbound lane closure to the Rockaways begins Monday, May 14th and the northbound lane closure to Beach Channel starts Monday, May 21st.

The daily lane closures, which will last through the fall, are necessary to accommodate equipment being used for the project to repair the concrete piers below the bridge.