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MTA Board Approves Lowest Toll Increase Since 2009

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board has voted to approve the lowest toll increase since 2009, when the MTA committed to a biennial schedule for regular increases. The plan increased tolls over the next two years by 4 percent – or less than 2 percent annually and less than the rate of inflation. The MTA was able to hold the necessary increases below inflation as a result of the agency’s continued discipline in keeping costs down. The new tolls take effect March 19.

“The MTA is focused on keeping our fares affordable for low-income riders and frequent riders, and on how we can keep necessary scheduled increases as small and as predictable as possible,” MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said. “Keeping fares and tolls down was possible because of the continued operational efficiencies and ways we have reduced costs while adding service and capacity along our busiest corridors, most recently with the opening of the new Second Avenue subway.”

Tolls will rise less than 25 cents for cars crossing MTA Bridges and Tunnels facilities and using a New York Customer Service Center (NYCSC) E-ZPass, 73% of total crossings. Customers who pay with cash, Tolls by Mail or a non-NYCSC E-ZPass will see increases of 6.3% to 9.1%.  This proposal is consistent with the MTA policy to increase the price differential between cash and E-ZPass to encourage E-ZPass use, which is the least expensive way to collect and pay tolls.

The following table summarizes these changes:

Crossing

Current

New Toll

Robert F. Kennedy Bridge

Throgs Neck Bridge

Bronx-Whitestone Bridge

Hugh L. Carey Tunnel

Queens Midtown

Car NYCSC E-ZPass Toll

Car Cash/Tolls by Mail/Non-NYCSC E-ZPass

$5.54

$8

$5.76

$8.50

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

(Toll collected in one direction only)

 

Car NYCSC E-ZPass Toll  Non-Resident

Car Cash/Tolls by Mail/Non-NYCSC E-ZPass

Resident less than 3 trips per month

Resident 2 or more trips per month

$11.08

$16

$6.60

$5.50 w. rebate

$6.24

$5.50 w/rebate

$11.52

$17

$6.84

$5.74 w/ rebate

$6.48

$5.74 w/ rebate1

Henry Hudson Bridge

 

 

Car Tolls By Mail/Non-NYCSC E-ZPass

$5.50

$6

Car NYCSC E-ZPass Toll

$2.54

$2.64

Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge

Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge

 

 

Car NYCSC E-ZPass Toll

Car Cash

Rockaway Resident E-ZPass Toll

$2.08

$4

$1.36

$2.16

$4.25

$1.41

 

The amount of the MTA’s Staten Island Resident (SIR) rebate program at the VNB is determined by New York State. With subsidy from State held constant, MTA anticipates the effective SIR toll to be $5.74.