MTA Announces Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge Split Tolling to Take Effect Tuesday, Dec. 1

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that split toll collection will take effect at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, in accordance with Federal law and approval by the MTA Board. As a result of the change, tolls will be collected in both the Staten Island- and Brooklyn-bound directions with the toll charged to motorists entering Staten Island and Brooklyn cut in half to $2.75 for Staten Island residents, $1.70 for Staten Island carpool customers, $6.12 for E-ZPass users, $9.50 for Tolls by Mail. The overall toll for a round trip and the Staten Island resident discount remain unchanged.

The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge had been the country’s only bridge with federally-mandated one-direction tolling for more than three decades until Congress amended the directive. Split-tolling is expected to reduce the number of regional motorists cutting through Staten Island – estimated at 7,000 per weekday pre-pandemic – to take advantage of the previously free eastbound direction. The one-way and round-trip toll rates will match those at the Hugh L. Carey and Queens-Midtown Tunnels and Bronx-Whitestone, Robert F. Kennedy and Throgs Neck Bridges.

“The restoration of split tolling will end a 30-year loophole in New York City that will help alleviate congestion on Staten Island while improving the environment,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Pat Foye. “I thank Reps. Max Rose, Jerry Nadler and Nydia Velazquez, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and the entire New York Congressional delegation for making this reform a reality.”

“Just as we did three years ago during the transition to open road tolling, we are going to ensure the transition back to split tolling at the Verrazzano is as smooth and seamless as possible,” said Daniel F. DeCrescenzo, Jr., President of MTA Bridges and Tunnels. “With our current open road tolling technology, motorists will see little to no change in traffic flow as they travel under the new eastbound (Brooklyn-bound) tolling gantries.”

The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge is among the busiest bridges in the country, logging more than 215,000 vehicular crossings on weekdays prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new split-toll changes take effect on Tuesday, Dec. 1:

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Just be assured, this has nothing to do with congestion or the environment. This is about revenue. It’s much more palatable to increase each way from $6.12 to $7.12, than to increase from $12 to $14. We are being played as usual. How is this better for the environment? Instead of one way slow down, it’s now both ways. Still scratching my head on this one….Buncha thieves.

  2. While Reps. Max Rose, Jerry Nadler, and Nydia Velazquez, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand are generally not my favorite politicians, to put it mildly, I give credit where credit is due. Thank you.

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