Drivers Face Toll Hike At Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Drivers who take the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge could face a significant toll hike in the coming years—and the price will increase even more for those who pay by mail.

The State Thruway Authority proposed the increase at a meeting Thursday.

Sen. David Carlucci says drivers shouldn’t be responsible for footing the bill for the $4-billion bridge.

“We could have a beautiful new bridge, but if we can’t afford to cross it that will crush our economy,” Carlucci said.

The toll is currently $4.75. That could increase to $5.25 in 2021, then to $5.75 in 2022. Those paying by mail could pay 35 percent more and would have a $2 surcharge on monthly bills.

“We’ve got to work together to push back, to make sure that we have an advocate. A toll payer advocate for residents that are being unfairly burdened by excessive tolls and fees,” Carlucci said.

The Thruway Authority still needs to hold hearings and receive public comment before the toll officially goes into effect.

A 40-percent discount for commuters will still be in effect, along with a new resident discount that could keep tolls at $4.75 through 2022.