Free bridges would turn into $5.54 fares


Will the Brooklyn Bridge have a toll? Eagle photo by Samantha Samel

Transportation advocates want to implement tolls on New York City’s free bridges spanning the East River and across the entire length of 60th street in Manhattan. They say that would fill an estimated $15 billion hole in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s capital budget plan.

The new toll of $5.54 each way with E-ZPass would be charged to people on every avenue crossing 60th street. It also would apply to four major bridges owned by the city: the Queensboro, Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

That matches the current toll rate on the Queens Midtown and Brooklyn Battery tunnels.

The Move NY Fair Plan would decrease tolls by $2.50 in each direction on the city’s major MTA bridges, including the Verrazano and Throgs Neck.


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