State Sen. Andrew Gounardes is calling for Brooklyn to get their fair share in toll discounts, especially as it relates to the Verrazzano Bridge.
The freshman senator introduced bill SS490 calling for residents in Brooklyn, who make at least 10 trips a month across the Verrazano-Narrows, to receive the same discount as their Staten Island neighbors.
Currently, Staten Islanders pay $5.50 per trip as part of the MTA’s Resident Rebate program. The borough’s residents qualify if they make at least three trips a month across the Verrazzano-Narrows. This, as the MTA approved a $2 toll hike for non-Staten Island residents to begin April 1. The increase effectively made the bridge the most expensive to cross at $19 ($12.24 for E-ZPass users).