MTA Bridges And Tunnels Near Record Use
The nine crossings of MTA Bridges and Tunnels handled 302 million trips in 2006, a 0.5% increase over 2005 and the second highest volume in its 70 year operating history, reflecting a strong regional economy. The highest traffic was in 2004 at 302.9 trips.
The two bridges that touch Rockaway had a total usage of 15,095,286 crossings. The Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge had 7,735,283 crossings, while the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge had slightly less crossings, with a total of 7,360,003.
The MTA says that E-ZPass use continues to grow on one of the largest electronic toll collection systems in the world. Atotal of 74% of all Bridges and Tunnels traffic used E-ZPass in January, slightly ahead of the previous year.
Customers can sign up for E-ZPass at www.e-zpassNY.com; calling 800- 333-TOLL; or asking for an application in a cash toll lane at any MTA crossing.
The following is 2006 traffic by facility:
Throgs Neck Bridge:
Queens Midtown Tunnel:
Henry Hudson: 24,154,912
Brooklyn Battery Tunnel:
Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges
Memorial Bridge: 7,735,283
Cross Bay Bridge Veterans
Memorial Bridge: 7,360,003