2007-04-06 / Community

MTA Bridges And Tunnels Near Record Use

The Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, which connects Rockaway to Brooklyn, had more that 7.7 million crossings. The Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, which connects Rockaway to Brooklyn, had more that 7.7 million crossings. 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:
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge; The Cross Bay Bridge, which is free to those Rockaway residents who use EZPass, connects Rockaway to Howard Beach and the rest of Queens. More than 7.3 million motorists used the bridge last year. The Cross Bay Bridge, which is free to those Rockaway residents who use EZPass, connects Rockaway to Howard Beach and the rest of Queens. More than 7.3 million motorists used the bridge last year.
                                      70,357,332
Throgs Neck Bridge:
                                      43,174,058
Bronx-Whitestone:
                                      39,471,765
Triborough Bridge-Manhattan:
                                      33,237,995
Triborough Bridge-Bronx:
                                      29,805,880
Queens Midtown Tunnel:
                                      28,957,679
Henry Hudson:               24,154,912
Brooklyn Battery Tunnel:
                                      17,711,957
Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges
Memorial Bridge:           7,735,283
Cross Bay Bridge Veterans
Memorial Bridge:           7,360,003
Total                               301,966,864

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