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MTA plans 15% bridge-tunnel toll hike and finds cash-paying drivers an E-Z

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MTA plans 15% bridge-tunnel toll hike and finds cash-paying drivers an E-Z target

 

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Getting over the river and through the hoods could cost you at least an extra buck, sources tell the Daily News.

 

Tolls on the major MTA bridges and tunnels would jump $1 to $7.50 under one proposal authority brass is considering.

 

The 15% hike would be imposed on drivers who still shun E-ZPass and pay with cash, sources said.

 

The cash price to use one of the five so-called major crossings, which include the Midtown Tunnel and the Whitestone Bridge, is now $6.50.

Under this scenario, the cash toll for the Verrazano Bridge, collected only from westbound travelers, would also jump —from the current $13 to $15.

 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board will vote on a final budget in December. The steeper tolls would go into effect about the same time higher fares are imposed on commuter train, subway and bus riders, now scheduled to hit in March.

 

Tolls also are expected to rise for drivers who use E-ZPass, the electronic tags through which drivers receive significant discounts.

 

An MTA spokesman declined to comment on any potential increases under discussion. Motorists, however, already want to lean on their horns.

 

Read the rest: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mta-plans-15-bridge-tunnel-toll-hike-finds-cash-paying-drivers-e-z-target-article-1.1162667#ixzz26wRkij4b

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Not more bridge toll hikes to keep the Subway afloat. At least I have an EzPass. I think next time I am going to try the Queensboro bridge & Willis Ave bridge trick to get around the tolls.

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Thank god I have an ez-pass as well. And these hikes will encourage more people to get ez-pass because those CASH lanes back up traffic unbelievably sometimes. Somehow, I see this as a good move.

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I agree with the cash hikes. E-ZPass hikes should be kept to the very minimum, $4.80->no more than $5.10.

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When I trek into Brooklyn, I LOATHE going across the Guinea Gangplank. Usually for the return trip to Pennsyltucky, I'll go through the city and take the Holland. I go through Staten Island only if I'm in a rush, or the traffic's crappy in Manhattan.

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Luckily I only use the Verrazano when I drive to Atlantic City. Otherwise I use the tunnel to get into Jersey.

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