- 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:
- Triborough Bridge
- Throgs Neck Bridge
- Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
- Bronx-Whitestone Bridge
- Henry Hudson Bridge
- Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge
- Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge
- Brooklyn Battery Tunnel
- Queens Midtown Tunnel