MTA toll hike hits Bronx motorists

Bronx motorists found it a little more expensive to cross the city's bridges and tunnels Sunday.The MTA toll hike went into effect at the Whitestone,

THE BRONX - Bronx motorists found it a little more expensive to cross the city's bridges and tunnels Sunday.

The MTA toll hike went into effect at the Whitestone, Throgs Neck and Triborough bridges Sunday morning, increasing tolls from $4.50 to $5. The most expensive crossing in New York City is the Verrazano Bridge, which saw tolls increase from $9 to $10.

Some Bronx drivers say the only reason they would support a hike is if the roads and toll service improve.

"You're getting poor service, longer lines," said Arthur Thomasin, a Bronx resident. "That E-ZPass thing didn't work that good. They give you tickets on the road. I don't understand what they're doing with the money."

According to MTA officials, there could be another toll hike in as little as two years. They say that current revenues are not enough to maintain service on the crossings. The current toll hike will bring in an additional $51 million a year for the MTA.

E-ZPass customers catch a break from the toll hike, paying just $4.15 on $5 tolls.

MTA list of new tolls

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