Officials Push for Lower New Tappan Zee Bridge Toll Charge

Residents of Rockland and Westchester counties are calling for a break on toll charges for the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Legislator Cris Carey reached out to Governor Cuomo requesting that commuters receive a similar option to what Staten Island residents have when crossing the Verrazano Bridge, which cost $15 cash, $10.66 with an EZ Pass, and $6.36 with an EZ Pass for one or two trips a month. The Governor proposed a toll break for Staten Island commuters, stating that it will, “Allow Staten Islanders to keep more of their money on the island.” This plan would have residents paying $5.50 per trip with an EZ Pass. According to Executive Director of the Tri- State Transportation campaign, Veronica Vanterpool, the money put towards such plans could be spent on solving problems such as a lack of mass transit, rather than creating more traffic by bringing cars onto the roads and bridges. Rockland representatives Senator David Carlucci and Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski have both expressed a need for a plan to decrease the toll for residents, stating that the 3.9 billion dollar bridge project will be useless if no one can afford to cross it. Officials have yet to share how much the tolls will be charging travelers though they are expected to be as high as $14.

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