Split tolling on the Verrazzano Bridge begins this December

Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge
Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge crossing during a morning commute Photo credit Getty Images

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Split tolling on the Verrazzano Bridge will begin next month.

On Dec. 1, the MTA says travelers heading across the bridge connecting south Brooklyn and Staten Island will have to pay a toll in both directions.

The current E-Z Pass $12.24 one-way toll will be split into two $6.12 tolls. Meanwhile, the mail-in toll will be divided from $19 to two tolls at $9.50 each.

The overall toll for a round trip and the Staten Island resident discount will remain unchanged.

Toll Pricing
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Split-tolling is expected to reduce the number of regional motorists who cut through Staten Island to avoid the tolls at the Hugh L. Carey and Queens-Midtown Tunnels and Bronx-Whitestone, Robert F. Kennedy and Throgs Neck Bridges.

“The restoration of split tolling will end a 30-year loophole in New York City that will help alleviate congestion on Staten Island while improving the environment,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Pat Foye. “I thank Reps. Max Rose, Jerry Nadler and Nydia Velazquez, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and the entire New York Congressional delegation for making this reform a reality.”

Congressman Max Rose, who represents Staten Island, said the change will dramatically improve Staten Islanders' commutes.

“I promised to do everything I can to end my constituents’ commuting nightmare and with split tolling we’ll see fewer out of state cars and trucks clogging up our expressway at no cost to residents. I’m proud to have worked with leaders from both parties and all levels of government to make this a reality and look forward to seeing the positive impact for our community,” he said.

According to the MTA, the Verrazzano Bridge is among the busiest bridges in the country, logging more than 215,000 vehicular crossings on weekdays, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tolls have only been collected on the westbound direction of the bridge since March 1986.

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