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MTA holds meeting to address Bronx bridge traffic

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority held a meeting Tuesday allowing residents raise their concerns about the overflow of traffic stemming from construction on the Throgs Neck and Whitestone bridges.

The bridge work is a result of the state's cashless tolling initiative.

Residents asked questions of MTA members, who shed some light on ways they plan to alleviate traffic. Those include designating a lane that would switch directions based on peak travel hours for the morning and evening rushes.

They also said credit cards would be accepted in all lanes and that tolls will be monitored 24 hours a day, so if traffic backs up, like a cash-only lane, workers can switch an E-ZPass lane to cash.

Some residents, however, said they want to see a more immediate impact.

The MTA also said construction crews are working extra shifts, including on Saturdays, to get the project done as soon as possible.

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