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File #: Res 0414-2018    Version: * Name: Allowing two-way tolling on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 6/28/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass, and the President to sign, legislation allowing two-way tolling on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
Sponsors: Margaret S. Chin, Justin L. Brannan
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 414, 2. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-28-18

Res. No. 414

 

Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass, and the President to sign, legislation allowing two-way tolling on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

 

By Council Members Chin and Brannan

                     Whereas, The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is a vital link between Staten Island and Brooklyn, used by nearly 200,000 vehicles per day; and

                     Whereas, In 1986, federal legislation forced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to collect Verrazano tolls only from Staten Island-bound vehicles; and

                     Whereas, Therefore, while the rest of the city’s MTA-operated bridges and tunnels have one-way tolls collected in both directions, at the Verrazano the full round-trip toll is collected from westbound travelers; and

                     Whereas, At the time it was enacted, the rationale for this change was to decrease congestion and pollution caused by traffic backing up in Staten Island as eastbound vehicles lined up at the toll plaza to pay the toll; and

                     Whereas, Those concerns are now largely moot because cashless open-road tolling was introduced at the Verrazano in July 2017, so drivers no longer slow down to pay tolls at tollbooths; and

                     Whereas, Under the current system, drivers, especially those travelling between New Jersey and points in Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island, can significantly minimize the amount of tolls they pay by entering the city via Staten Island and crossing the Verrazano and then leaving via the free East River bridges, crossing Manhattan, and using the Hudson River crossings, which are only tolled in the eastbound direction; and

                     Whereas, This incentive to use inefficient routes costs the MTA much-needed toll revenue that could be used to support the region’s mass transit system and has been blamed for exacerbating congestion problems in areas such as Canal Street in Lower Manhattan; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the United States Congress to pass, and the President to sign, legislation allowing two-way tolling on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

LS# 4807

1/12/2018

JM