MTA Bridges and Tunnels

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MTA Bridges and Tunnels
Type Public benefit corporation
Founded New York State (1933)
Headquarters 2 Broadway, New York, NY, 10004
Area served New York metropolitan area
Key people James Ferrara, President
Revenue US$ 437,200,000 (2010)[1]
Operating income US$ 586.5 million (2013)
Employees 1,545
Parent Metropolitan Transportation Authority

MTA Bridges and Tunnels, legal name Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, is an affiliate agency of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, that operates seven intrastate toll bridges and two tunnels in New York City. In terms of traffic volume, it is the largest bridge and tunnel toll agency in the United States serving more than a million people each day and generating more than $900 million in toll revenue annually.

The seven bridges are:

The two tunnels are:



Originally named the Triborough Bridge Authority, the authority was created in 1933 as a public-benefit corporation by the New York State Legislature. It was tasked with completing construction of the Triborough Bridge, which had been started by New York City in 1929 but had stalled due to the Great Depression.

Under the chairmanship of Robert Moses, the agency grew in a series of mergers with four other agencies:

With the last merger in 1946, the authority was renamed the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.

Headquarters on Randall's Island

Generating millions of dollars in toll revenue annually, the TBTA easily became a powerful city agency as it was capable of funding large capital projects. From the 1940s-60s, the TBTA built the Battery Parking Garage, Jacob Riis Beach Parking Field, Coliseum Office Building and Exposition Center and East Side Airlines Terminal,[2] as well as many parks in the city.

Merger with MTA[edit]

The TBTA was merged into the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 1968. Surplus revenue, formerly used for new automobile projects, would now be used to support public transportation. [3] Since then, more than $10 billion has been contributed by the TBTA to subsidize mass transit fares and capital improvements for the New York City Transit, Long Island Rail Road, and Metro-North Railroad.[citation needed]


Since 1994, the TBTA has been doing business as MTA Bridges and Tunnels.[4] The name Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority is still the legal name of the Authority and was used publicly between 1946 and 1994.

Law enforcement[edit]

Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority patch

The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA) employs 966 Bridge and Tunnel Officers (BTOs), who are NYS Peace Officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms on and off duty. BTOs patrol the authority's 9 facilities on foot and in marked patrol cars. Besides law enforcement, the BTOs collect tolls, assist vehicles stuck in E-ZPass lanes, operate tow trucks to clear disabled vehicles, and clear snow from the roadways. The TBTA also has a Special Operations Division/Collision Reduction Unit, which enforces all aspects of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law and NYC Traffic Rules with a main emphasis on speed enforcement.

In 2007, Bridge and Tunnel Officers were involved in two shootings, on the Triborough and Bronx Whitestone Bridges. They also assisted in the delivery of a newborn baby.[citation needed]

Toll rates[edit]

Rates vary by facility and by vehicle.

All rates listed here are regular cash rates effective March 3, 2013. E-ZPass rates are for New York Customer Service Center account holders only.

Crossing(s) Cars Cars - EZPass Vehicles
Over 7,000 Lbs. GVWR
Cash / EZPass
  • Triborough Bridge
  • Throgs Neck Bridge
  • Bronx-Whitestone Bridge
  • Queens–Midtown Tunnel
  • Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel
$7.50 $5.33 $15
$9 per additional axle
$3.00 / $2.32 Toll is charged in both directions
  • Toll is charged in only one direction between Manhattan, Bronx, or Queens and Randall's Island on the Triborough Bridge. Toll is charged in both directions between other boroughs on the Triborough Bridge, and on all other bridges.
  • Verrazano Narrows Bridge
$15.00 $10.66 $30
$18 per additional axle
$6.00 / $4.64 Toll is charged westbound only.
  • There is a discount for Staten Island residents: Token $8.53, EZPass $6.36, Carpool $2.96 (must use cash lanes for carpool discount)
    • Residents who take more than 2 trips a month with EZPass pay $6 for the third and subsequent trips. 72 cents is credited on the third trip.
  • Marine Parkway Bridge
  • Cross Bay Bridge
$3.75 $2.00 $7.50
$4.50 per additional axle
$3.00 / $1.66 Toll is charged in both directions.
  • There is a discount for Rockaway and Broad Channel residents: Token: $1.79, EZPass $1.31. Registered residents with EZPass who cross the Cross Bay Bridge are rebated.
  • Henry Hudson Bridge
$5.00 $2.44 Not allowed
  • Only two-axle passenger vehicles are allowed on the Henry Hudson Bridge
  • Cashless tolling, vehicles without EZPass are sent a bill by mail

Prohibited traffic[edit]

Part 1022 of the Rules and Regulations Governing the Use of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Facilities prohibits certain types of vehicles, such as:[5]

See also[edit]


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