Frequently Asked Questions
Q – Why are tolls increasing?
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
Q – What will the toll increase pay for?
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
Q – What has been done to cut costs?
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 in 2012.
Q - How much will it cost for passenger cars?
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?
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?
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
Q – Does the bridge Authority receive state or federal tax money?
The Bridge Authority receives no tax dollars for operating and
maintenance expenses. All financial support comes from tolls paid