Drivers will no longer have to stop at a toll booth after crossing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Last month, the bridge switched to cashless tolling, in which officials were hoping would reduce traffic and quicken travel time for drivers and commuters. Locals have confirmed that it has!
Governor Andrew Cuomo had begun a series of measures to ease congestion around the city. He stated that the Verrazano-Narrows bridge is a popular route for transportation, and the cashless tolling will improve safety, reduce congestion, and quicken travel between Staten Island and Brooklyn. Not only including those improvements, but the cashless tolling is also modernizing our transportation infrastructure and easing commutes for current and future generations in New York City.
Instead of drivers having to pay the $17 dollar toll in person, they will now pass through “gantries” suspended over the bridge that has sensors and cameras attached. Registered E-ZPass drivers will automatically be charged the $5.74 to $6.84 dollars, while others will have their license plate recorded and then be later billed the toll to their home. From there, they can pay the toll via by phone, online, or through the mail, according to the MTA.
This is not the only update to come to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. New York City’s largest typo may actually be fixed under the orders from Albany. The state Senate passed a bill last month to fix the official name of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to actually match the spelling of its namesake, Giovanni da Verrazzano, by adding the additional “Z” that is missing.
The bridge was named to honor the Italian explorer who was the first to explore the New York Harbor. However, when the bridge opened in 1964, officials got the spelling wrong and only spelled “Verrazzano” with one “Z”, instead of the proper two. Since then, it has never been corrected.
As of last year, there were petitions started by Dyker Heights resident Robert Nash to fix the spelling. The petition received 643 signatures from residents of both Staten Island and Brooklyn, but the MTA declined due to the amount it would cost to fix all the signs.
Assemblyman Michael Cusick disagrees, stating that the historic bridge used and relied on by New Yorkers daily has been regrettably spelled incorrectly for decades. Cusick is who introduced the bill to fix the spelling earlier this year to respect the Italian explorer.