$14 Toll Expected For New Tappan Zee Bridge
Tolls on the new Tappan Zee Bridge could be in the $14 range when it is slated to open in five years.
Larry Schwartz, a top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, gave the estimate at a public meeting in Ramapo on Thursday. The new price is nearly three times the current toll cost of $5.
E-ZPass users will be paying slightly less than regular cash customers, but will still dish out $13.30. Daily commuters who use the bridge will be paying $8.40.
“Wow. That’s very expensive. That’s really, really very expensive,” one driver told WCBS 880′s John Metaxas. “Yeah, big surprise. Unbelievable.”
“I’ll have to go on welfare,” another driver told 1010 WINS’ John Montone. “I can’t afford to go to work with those prices.”
The new cash toll will be more in line with the upcoming cost of crossing the Hudson River at the George Washington Bridge. The Port Authority is hiking that toll to $14 in 2014.
On Wednesday, officials released the final impact statement on the new bridge, which said there will be no major, lasting environmental effects.
The new Tappan Zee Bridge is currently projected to be completed in 2017.