Schumer Responds To CBB Tolls
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer responded this week to the threat of Rockaway and Broad Channel residents being forced to pay a $1.31 toll both ways on the Cross Bay Bridge after the MTA passed their 2009 budget last week.
"Rockaway residents have the longest, most difficult and expensive commutes anywhere," Schumer said. "I will fight tooth and nail to make sure they maintain the well-deserved residency discounts that defray exorbitant bridge tolls."
Residents can expect to have their E-Z Pass resident rebate programs revoked staring July 11, unless the state provides some much needed funding to help close the MTA's $1.2 billion budget deficit. Tolls are expected to be raised on the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Bridge as well.
In addition, the budget calls for a $22 increase to the monthly MetroCard, raising it to $103, and a 50-cent increase for the $2 subway and bus fare. Those fare hikes take effect May 31. Express buses are also expected to rise from the $5 to $6.50.
As the state budget deadline came and went this week with out any budget approval, MTA bailout plans are still in negotiation. It remains uncertain if money will come to the MTA's aid, which will limit fare increases and proposed service cuts.