Tolls on Major Bridges and Tunnels in Northeast to Rise on April 11

Increase Affects Major Crossings in N.Y., N.J., and Pennsylvania

By Kurt Stolz on 3 April 2021
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Crossing the Throgs Neck Bridge in N.Y.C.

New York City visitors and residents will pay more to use the city’s bridges and tunnels starting April 11, while tolls are going on up multiple spans connecting New Jersey and Pennsylvania the same day,

Tolls on all New York City bridges and tunnel, which are managed by the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, an affiliate of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where there currently are tolls will see an increase of approximately 7%. Drivers with E-ZPass will pay $6.55 instead of $6.12 on all tunnels and most bridges. Drivers using the Henry Hudson Bridge will pay $3 instead of the current rate of $2.80.  Those crossing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will continue to only pay tolls when tolls traveling westbound from Brooklyn to Staten Island and that toll will be $13.10.

The MTA had originally planned a simultaneous fare increase Long Island Rail Road and New York City buses and subways, but decided to postpone it citing the economic impact of the pandemic on customers.

Some 95% of drivers using the city’s bridges and tunnels have an E-ZPass and pay the lower rate, the agency said, although the agency is adding a new so-called “mid-tier” rate for drivers, $8.36, that is the midpoint between the E-Z Pass and non-E-ZPass toll amount to allow for the “laborious” process the TBTA has to go through to reconcile accounts when an E-ZPass customer is charged the non- E-ZPass rate because he did not have his E-ZPass tag properly displayed.

Tolls are also going up on several spans connecting New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission will raise tolls from $1 to $1.25 for drivers with an E-ZPass account and from $1 to $3 for car drivers who pay cash at seven bridges. The list includes the Trenton-Morrisville , New Hope-Lambertville, I-78, Easton-Phillipsburg, Portland-Columbia, Delaware Water Gap, and Milford-Montague bridges.

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