New York Democratic Congress-members Jerry Nadler, Max Rose, and Nydia Velazquez announced federal legislation on Saturday that would reinstate two-way tolling on the Verrazzano bridge.
It costs $19 to go from Brooklyn to Staten Island across the Verrazzano if you don’t have an EZ-Pass or Staten Island residency.
But it’s free to go the other way into Brooklyn.
The new plan would cut the $19 Staten Island-bound fare in half and charge drivers $9.50 each way instead.
Congressman Max Rose says the move would crack down on truckers and other drivers who have been gaming the system.
“This isn’t rocket science. It’s free to go over one side of the Verrazzano. Plenty of commercial vehicles, as well as passenger vehicles, take advantage of that, and then they don’t come back this way. They go out through Manhattan back to Jersey,” he said.
It will take an act of Congress to change the tolling because the bridge has the only toll in the U.S. that is federally mandated. No opposition is expected, but it could take more than a year before it’s done.
The move is expected to help clear up traffic in lower Manhattan, since many drivers travel through the area to get back to New Jersey.