BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) – As subway riders prepare to pay more at the turn-style, drivers need to get ready to pay more at the toll-booth. Overnight fares on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will go up to a whopping 15-bucks per trip as part of the MTA’s latest round of fare hikes.
“I think it’s high enough, it shouldn’t go up any more. People are yelling and screaming now about the inflation and everything, I think it should stay the way it is.”
Starting at 2 a.m. the Verrazano toll will go from $13 per trip to $15 per trip, if you’re paying with cash. E-Z Pass users will pay $10.60 per trip, up a dollar from $9.60. For those paying full price that’s a 150-percent increase since 1993 when it used to cost $6 to cross the bridge. All that extra cash makes an inter-borough relationship a lot more expensive for Chris Hatzakos.
“It’s ridiculous. She lives in Staten Island and I have to go visit her and I’m going to have to be paying $15 everytime I pass, it’s crazy.”
Even people who live on Staten Island will be hit by the hike. The cost for native E-Z Pass users will rise 60 cents for the first two trips each month. Each trip after that will cost drivers $6 flat.
“And it’s not just the drivers that will feel the impact from this latest toll increase. Businesses here in Bay Ridge say with people struggling to pay the toll, it could cost them their customer base.”
“Well it’s absurd for business. People aren’t going to want to go back and forth over the bridge to Bay Ridge, which is right next to Staten Island. They’re not going to want to spend the extra money just to go out to eat, so it’s definitely going to hurt.”
If tolls continue to increase at this rate, 10 years from now just getting to Staten Island will cost 28-bucks. And if your just passing through to get to New Jersey…”fuggetaboudit.”