Provides for the discontinuance by the Triborough bridge and tunnel authority of the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge toll plaza in the county of Queens for the collection of tolls.
TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to discontinuing the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge toll plaza
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Directs the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to discontinue the Cross Bay Veteran's bridge toll plaza.
JUSTIFICATION: The residents of Rockaway and the surrounding areas, many of whom use the bridge as a local road to travel to and from work, or to take their children to school, pay the only intra-borough toll in the MT A system. Charging a toll on this bridge is the equivalent of charging a toll to cross Broadway in Manhattan, and residents should not have to bear this burden. The bridge divides one community board, police precinct and school district. Residents must pay for the privilege of daily activities such as shopping, picking up mail at the post office, going to the hospital or visiting neighbors. Furthermore, residents have no legitimate travel alternative and the financial impact on economic development and existing business has been devastating.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.5203 2007-2008: Referred to Transportation S.6421 2009-2010: Referred to Corporations, Authorities & Commissions
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: The loss of income to the TBTA has been estimated to be approximately $6.5 million as of 1995, but approximately $4.5 million of that was expended in toll collection and other expenses. In addition, the revenue is expected to be less with the advent of EZ Pass.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Thirty days after enactment.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3924 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 9, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. SMITH -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions AN ACT in relation to discontinuing the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge toll plaza THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, the Tribor- ough bridge and tunnel authority shall discontinue the Cross Bay Veter- ans Memorial Bridge toll plaza in the county of Queens for the collection of tolls. S 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00369-01-1