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Frequently Asked Questions

Q – Why are tolls increasing?

This toll increase is necessary to ensure proper maintenance to keep the bridges safe and in good condition.  This is the first toll increase in over 11 years, and only the third in the Bridge Authority’s history.  

Q – What will the toll increase pay for?

The toll increase funds a five year $160 million dollar capital maintenance program. The biggest project is an $81 million new deck for the south span of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge to extend the life of the bridge another 30 years. Tolls are also used to maintain and operate all our bridges.

Q – What has been done to cut costs?

The Bridge Authority has reduced staffing by more than 10% in the last two years, cut expenses and is making changes to cut even more operating costs.

Q - How much will it cost for passenger cars?

Passenger cars will be $1.25 for E-ZPass customers and $1.50 for cash customers.  E-ZPass customers who sign up for the commuter plan will be charged $1.00 (17 trip minimum).

Q – Why are E-ZPass customers charged less?

There is a discount for E-ZPass users since it costs less to collect these tolls than cash.  You can get an E-ZPass at most large grocery stores, our Headquarters Office, on-line at e-zpassny.com or by calling our office below.

Q – Do my tolls go to any other agency?

No.  All NYSBA tolls stay in the Hudson Valley and only go for operation and maintenance of the Bear Mountain, Newburgh-Beacon, Mid-Hudson, Kingston-Rhinecliff, Rip Van Winkle and Walkway Over the Hudson structure.

Q – Does the bridge Authority receive state or federal tax money?

No.  The Bridge Authority receives no tax dollars for operating and maintenance expenses.  All financial support comes from tolls paid by customers.

 

 

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