2012-03-16 / Top Stories

CBB Reinstatement One Step Closer

Cross Bay Bridge Cross Bay Bridge The reinstatement of the Cross Bay Bridge resident rebate program got one step closer to finalization this week when the proposal was written into the New York State budget.

First, the rebate was introduced into the budget. In order for it to become final it must first be introduced, then written into the budget and ultimately it must be finalized by the Senate, Assembly and Governor.

The potential reinstatement of the resident rebate program means that it will be free for Rockaway and Broad Channel residents to travel across the bridge with an EZ-Pass. Under the proposal the state would provide the necessary funding, to the cash-strapped MTA, in its capital budget to finance the operating costs associated with the bridge. The MTA originally revoked the rebate in 2010. The current plan in place allows the MTA to charge EZ-Pass residents $1.19 for the first two trips across the bridge before subsequent trips become free of charge.

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