U.S. Reps. Max Rose, Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velazquez announced plans in April to introduce federal legislation to restore two-way tolling to the Verrazzano Bridge. They say it would cut down on congestion and pollution on Staten Island and could lead to $10 to $15 million in additional revenue for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Two-way tolling on the Verrazzano was done away with in the 1980s to reduce traffic backups.

Under the current system, drivers are charged $19 to get onto the island without an EZ-Pass or Staten Island residency. The new legislation would charge out-of-towners $9.50 in both directions.

The cost for E-Z Pass users would remain the same, except that half would be charged each way.

Source: Crain’s New York Business

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