The tolls to cross bridges and tunnels across New York City will be rising this Sunday, March 19th, 2017. Along with the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, other bridges who will also witness the price hike will be the Robert F. Kennedy bridge, Whitestone bridge, and Throgs Neck bridge, as well as the Midtown and Brooklyn-Battery tunnels. This is all due to the MTA's latest fare and toll hikes citywide. While single ride passes for mass transit will not be affected, there were other means of transportation options that will be.
As for the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the price will climb from $16 dollars to $17 dollars for drivers who are paying cash after crossing. E-Zpass drivers toll will go from $11.08 to $11.52.
For the Staten Island residents who are in the rebate program, they will also experience a slight increase from $5.50 to $5.74; this program is for residents who regularly cross the Verrazano bridge. Under this new plan, the toll relief program, which began in 2014 for drivers who cross the bridge more than 10 times a month, will increase to $5.74 as well.
Finally, drivers who cross the bridge up to two times a month will have their tolls increased from $6.60 to $6.84. If drivers cross more than three times a month, it will be $6.48, from $6.24. However, the money will be rebated. Released this week was the State Assembly Budget Proposal which can bring the price back down to $5.50. According to Assemblyman Michael Cusick, this could happen if an additional $11 million is kicked into the plan.
There was also a petition that was started this week, created by Councilman Vincent Gentile, who represents Bay Ridge. He is looking to have the MTA extend the discount programs to people who live near the bridge on the Brooklyn side. He would like to see the MTA play fair and give the same toll discount to Brooklyn residents that Staten Island residents currently receive. Gentile's plan, in which he plans to send over the MTA with the petition signatures, will also include a discount program to all Brooklyn residents who cross the bridge more than 10 times a month.