2009-07-10 / Top Stories

Triborough Bridge And Tunnel Authority Sets July 12 Increases

By Nicholas Briano

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) raised the base subway and bus fares on June 28 to $2.25 and will raise bridge and tunnel tolls this weekend.

The good news for Rockaway residents, however, is that the resident rebate program survived the MTA budget cuts due to a last minute short-term financial bailout by New York State.

The MTA had threatened to revoke the rebate program, thereby forcing Rockaway and Broad Channel residents with E-Z Pass to pay a toll after more than ten years of crossing for free.

Politicians, community leaders and local residents had rallied together earlier this year against the threat of removing the rebate program, arguing it infringed on their basic civil duties.

The toll increases of 10 percent will go into effect on July 12 at all bridges and tunnels city-wide. Residents could reference the new rates with the accompanying chart.

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