Verrazano Bridge Toll Hike Set For March 3

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Last week we reported on Dominic Cenatiempo’s quest to fight the impending plan set by the MTA to hike the toll on the Verrazano Bridge to an even $15. Despite Dominic’s efforts, and others equally outraged by the increasing cost of commuting around the city, the MTA is moving ahead with all of their fare increases on March 3, according to a report by SI Live.

The $15 fare, which represents a $2 increase, is for cash paying motorists only. E-ZPass users in Staten Island will also see a hike from $5.76 to $6.36 for their first two round trips before it rounds off to $6 for all subsequent monthly crossings.

E-ZPass commuters not hailing from Staten Island will see their Verrazano fare rise from $9.60 to $10.66.

The sadness felt by Verrazano commuters will probably be shared by all New Yorkers come March 3 as practically every MTA related travel expense will rise. SI Live laid out all the details:

Bus and subway riders will also be paying more: The base fare for bus and subway rides will rise a quarter to $2.50. The cost for express bus rides will rise 50 cents to an even $6.
More details:
  • The seven day Express Bus Plus MetroCard will cost $55.
  • The seven-day regular unlimited MetroCard will rise to $30.
  • The 30-day regular unlimited MetroCard jumps to $112.
  • Single-ride tickets, only sold at vending machines, will cost $2.75.
  • A bonus of 5 percent is added to MetroCards with purchases of $5 or more.
There is a new fee of $1 for the purchase of MetroCards, but there are exceptions for cards purchased at out-of-system vendors and for seniors.

For the full list of hair pulling price hikes, you can visit the MTA’s breakdown of the new prices by clicking here.