Governor Cuomo Lowers Tolls On Verrazano Bridge
- Staten Island 02/06/2014 by Linda Perry (WBAI)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced a $14M deal to promote access to Staten Island by reducing the toll on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The State and Metropolitan Transportation Authority will each contribute $7million.
In Staten Island almost 87% of drivers crossing the bridge use E-ZPass and those tolls for cars will be reduced to $5.50 per trip. Truckers who have long complained about the tolls will see a 20% reduction. The plan is to have the toll cuts in place by April pending approval later this month by the MTA.
New York City Public Advocate Tish James says Staten Islanders are tired of paying more tolls than just about any community in the country. "All of us must continue to work together to ensure that no community in our city is ever left behind."
The Verrazano Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridge in North America and it's a busy one. On an average weekday it carries more than 180,000 vehicles.