Date: Dec 08, 2011
Press Release Number: 152-2011
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Board of Commissioners today approved an adjustment to the August 2011 New York/New Jersey Staten Island Bridges discount plan for the Bayonne and Goethals Bridges and Outerbridge Crossing to benefit New York and New Jersey commuters who regularly use the Staten Island crossings.
Enrolled E-ZPass users with non-commercial plates will now pay $47.50 for 10 trips in a 30-day period over the Bayonne Bridge, the Goethals Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing. Previously, the program required participants to pay $95 for 20 trips across those spans over a 35-day timeframe.
The adjustment will allow more motorists traveling regularly between Staten Island and New Jersey to save money by taking advantage of the Port Authority’s longstanding discount program.
Under the direction of Governors Christie and Cuomo at the time the original plan passed, the Port Authority examined discount scenarios that would appropriately balance the economic needs of commuters impacted most by the new toll rates with the agency’s mission to raise the funding necessary to invest in critical interstate transportation network infrastructure projects.
Port Authority Chairman David Samson said, “The revised bridge discount usage requirements will provide relief for customers and businesses, and achieve the right balance to continue to ensure the funding is there to invest in the big interstate transportation network projects before us.”
Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye said, “Our agency has listened and heard the concerns of Staten Island residents and officials, responding with a workable solution to adjust the existing discount plan.”
Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni said, “Our customers who use the Bayonne and Goethals Bridges, and Outerbridge Crossing will be able to save money when they travel between New Jersey and New York by taking advantage of this program.”
The Board’s action yesterday also adjusted the discounted Staten Island Bridge toll rates for the years 2012 through 2015. Under the plan, 10 trips will cost:
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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which does not receive tax dollars from either state, operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Port Authority-Port Jersey Marine Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan