2012-06-15 / Community

CBB Rebate Takes Effect Today

By Nicholas Briano


The resident rebate program has officially taken effect. All toll charges incurred from April 1 to June 15 will be refunded back to your E-Z Pass account by the end of July. The resident rebate program has officially taken effect. All toll charges incurred from April 1 to June 15 will be refunded back to your E-Z Pass account by the end of July. Rockaway and Broad Channel residents will no longer be charged for crossing the Cross Bay Bridge starting today, June 15, the MTA announced on Tuesday.

The long-awaited resident rebate program, which was reinstated with the passing of the New York State budget, technically took effect on April 1. However, many were wondering why they were still being charged. According to the MTA, the rebate did take effect on April 1 but the changeover for each eligible E-Z Pass account could not take effect until June 15 for various technical and administrative reasons.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder announced in April that residents can expect to see those toll payments refunded back to their E-Z pass account retroactive to April 1. Therefore, the amount of money residents spent crossing the bridge from April 1 to June 15 will be refunded back to the motorist’s E-Z Pass account by the end of July, the MTA also announced. The actual resident rebate itself took effect today, June 15, resulting in no more additional charges for crossing the bridge moving forward. The rebate’s reinstatement was made possible through $4 million worth of funding in the state’s budget.

In order for the rebate to stay intact the funding must be approved each year.

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