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MTA Bridges and Tunnels

  Bridges and Tunnels at a Glance*
  2017 Operating Budget
$546.0 Million
  Support to Mass Transit
$1.126 Billion
  Average Weekday Vehicles
  *Operating budget data as of February 2018; Support to Mass Transit and other statistical data as of December 31, 2017.  
  • Bridges and Tunnels evolved from the Triborough Bridge Authority, a public benefit corporation created by the New York State Legislature in 1933 to build the Triborough Bridge when the city's attempts were halted by the Depression.
  • Between 1934 and 1968, under the leadership of Robert Moses, the Authority grew in a series of mergers involving four other agencies: the Henry Hudson Parkway Authority, the Marine Parkway Authority, the New York City Parkway Authority, and the New York City Tunnel Authority.
  • Robert Moses' years at Triborough coincided with the national era of public works construction for the automobile.
  • The Authority's bridges and tunnels forged vital links among the city's boroughs, ultimately shaping regional travel and economic patterns.
  • Accordingly, in 1968 the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority was made part of the MTA.
  • Its surplus revenues, previously used to finance new projects for the automobile, were redirected to public transportation.
  • Since that time, bridge and tunnel tolls have contributed more than $12 billion to subsidize fares and underwrite capital improvements for New York City Transit, the Long Island Railroad, and the Metro-North Railroad.
  • MTA Bridges and Tunnels serve more than a million people and over 800,000 vehicles daily.
  • It carries more traffic than any other bridge and tunnel authority in the nation.
  • MTA Bridges & Tunnels is a cofounder of the E-ZPass Interagency Group, which is implementing seamless toll collection throughout a seven-state region.
  • Bridges and Tunnels completed the implmentation of cashless tolling October 2017. Drivers no longer have to stop to pay tolls.
  • As of December 2017, more than 95 percent of the vehicles that use the MTA Bridges and Tunnels on weekdays use EZ Pass.
  • Its facilities include:

      1. Bridges
      2. Triborough Bridge
      3. Throgs Neck Bridge
      4. Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
      5. Bronx-Whitestone Bridge
      6. Henry Hudson Bridge
      7. Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge
      8. Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge

      1. Brooklyn Battery Tunnel
      2. Queens Midtown Tunnel

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