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March 20, 2013

Big Brother in NYC is about to get bigger. According to The Huffington Post, on Tuesday March 19, 2013, NYC Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced that NYC will be installing license plate reader cameras “in every lane of traffic on all of the bridges and tunnels that serve as entrances and exits to Manhattan.”

That means that no matter which NYC bridge or tunnel you use to access Manhattan, your vehicle will be recorded. The NYC Police Department is legally allowed to keep the data for five years.

NYC Police Department is already doing this, if you didn’t know. It has a way to record all vehicles crossing the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, and the Holland Tunnel. Kelly said that the license plate readers will be ordered for other NYC bridges, which could include the Williamsburg Bridge and Queensboro Bridge.

All this intelligence data will become part of the $30-40 million comprehensive dashboard produced by Microsoft called the Domain Awareness System, which includes 3,000 cameras and 2,600 radiation detectors.

Filed under: NYC Bridges & Tunnels,Transportation News — Tags: , , — mtohn @ 9:03 am
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December 25, 2012

NYC bus MTA busWe’ve posted about this before and now it’s been confirmed.

Fares for NYC buses and NYC subways will increase effective March 3, 2013. 

NYC Subway & NYC Bus

  • Base Single Ride Fare: Increase from $2.25 to $2.50 → $.25 increase
  • Single Ticket Fare: Increase from $2.50 to $2.75 → $.25 increase (Sold at vending machines only. Must be used within 2 hours, no transfers included)
  • Monthly MetroCard/30-Day Unlimited: Increase from $104 to $112 → 7.7% or $8 increase
  • 7-Day Unlimited: $30.00
  • 7-Day Express Bus Plus: $55.00
  • Express Bus: $6.00
  • Fee to Purchase New MetroCard $1, so save those used or expired NYC MetroCards and exchange them for a new one! Fee applies to each new MetroCard purchased at station booth, vending machine or commuter rail station.
  • Pay Per Ride Bonus: An additional 5% is added to your MetroCard with the purchase or addition of $5 or more.

Effective March 1, 2013, fares and tolls are also increased for these NYC bridges and tunnels:

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)

  • Increase of approximately 9%

Metro-North Rail

  • Increase of approximately 9%
Whitestone Bridge, Queens Midtown Tunnel, Triboro RFK Bridge
  • One-Way Cash Fare: Increase from $6.50 to $7.50 → $1.00 or 15% increase
  • One-Way E-ZPass Fare: Increase from $4.80 to $5.33 → $.53 or 11% increase

Henry Hudson Bridge

  • One-Way Cash Fare: Increase from $4.00 to $5.00 → $1.00 or 25% increase
  • One-Way E-ZPass Fare: Increase from $2.20 to $2.44 → $.24 or 11% increase
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
  • One-Way Cash Fare: New fare is $15.00
  • One-Way E-ZPass Fare: New fare is 10.66

These increases should generate an additional $450 million annually.

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December 7, 2012

The NYC MTA earned nearly $940 million in 2011 from tolls on its seven bridges and two tunnels. Some of that revenue was used to pay the toll-takers in the toll booths.

If you’re crossing the Henry Hudson Bridge to get from the Bronx to Manhattan, be prepared for ‘Cashless Tolling’. The toll rates are:

  • $2.20 with EZ Pass NY
  • $4.00 with EZ Pass NJ
  • $4.00 without any EZ Pass

If you don’t have an EZ Pass NY or EZ Pass NJ, drive through the toll. The cameras on the toll barrier will record license plates and the MTA will mail you a bill for the unpaid tolls. The bill will go to the address on the vehicle’s registration. If you don’t pay after the MTA sends you a second bill, you will get a $50 penalty and the bill could be turned over to a collections agency. You can look up your bill here by Violation, EZPass Tag Number, or your License Plate. 

This new process went into effect November 2012. Here’s how Cashless Tolling, or Tolls By Mail, works:

EZ Pass Cashless_Tolling,_Tolls_By_Mail

Read more…

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EZ_Pass NY EZ Pass NJIf you have 3 or more people in your car, you can get a bigger EZ Pass discount at these Hudson River Crossings:

  • Lincoln Tunnel
  • Holland Tunnel
  • George Washington Bridge
  • Outerborough Crossing
  • Bayonne Bridge
  • Goethals Bridge

Rather than paying $10.25 during Peak Hours or $8.25 during Off-Peak Hours, all Carpool cars will pay just $4.25 – at all times!

How to Earn the EZ Pass Carpool Discount Plan Read more…

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December 1, 2012

EZ_Pass for Home PageEffective December 2, 2012 at 3am, you’ll be paying more for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) tolls. These PANYNJ tolls apply to the Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, George Washington Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge, and the Outerbridge Crossing.

Peak Hours: $10.25 with E-ZPassNY or E-ZPass NJ

  • $4.25 for vehicles with 3 or more people
  • $4.75 for Green Pass/Low Emission vehicle
  • Mon – Fri, 6-10am, 4-8pm
  • Sat – Sun, 11am – 9pm

Off-Peak Hours: $8.25 with E-ZPassNY or E-ZPass NJ

  • $4.25 for vehicles with 3 or more people
  • $10.25 for Green Pass/Low Emission vehicle
  • Mon – Fri, midnight – 6am, 10am – 3pm, 8pm – midnight

Cash, $13.00 at all times

  • Cash customers traveling overnight (11 p.m. – 6 a.m. Sundays – Thursdays, 11 p.m. – 7 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays) must use the upper level of the George Washington Bridge. The lower level and the Palisades Interstate Parkway approaches are restricted to E-ZPass customers only.
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November 3, 2012

NYC Henry Hudson BridgeThe NYC MTA earned nearly $940 million in 2011 from tolls on its seven bridges and two tunnels. Some of that revenue was used to pay the toll-takers in the toll booths.

But now the MTA is working to eliminate the NYC bridge and tunnel toll-takers, which means you’ll either have to use E-ZPassNY or E-ZPassNJ. ‘Cashless Tolling’, as it’s called, was implemented on the Henry Hudson Bridge connecting the Bronx and Manhattan in mid-November 2012.  If you don’t have an E-ZPass, then cameras on the toll barrier will record license plates and the MTA will mail you a bill for the unpaid tolls. The bill will go to the address on the vehicle’s registration. If you don’t pay after the MTA sends you a second bill, you will get a $50 penalty and the bill could be turned over to a collections agency. You can look up your bill here by Violation, EZPass Tag Number, or your License Plate. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Henry Hudson Bridge was selected for the cashless pilot in part because so many of its drivers — more than 87 % — already used E-Z Pass.

If you’re crossing the Henry Hudson Bridge to get from the Bronx to Manhattan,the toll rates are:

If you don’t have an EZ Pass NY or EZ Pass NJ, drive through the toll. The cameras on the toll barrier will record license plates and you will receive a bill in the mail for the unpaid tolls.

Read more…

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September 14, 2011

So you have your spiffy new EZ Pass from NJ and you fly through the toll for any of these bridges or tunnels, only to get your EZ Pass statement and see that you’ve been charged the Cash toll rate.

  • Bronx – Whitestone Bridge
  • Brooklyn Battery Tunnel
  • Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge
  • Henry Hudson Bridge (No trucks permitted)
  • Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges
  • Memorial Bridge
  • Queens Midtown Tunnel
  • Triboro RFK Bridge
  • Throgs Neck Bridge
  • Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

What happened?

Because you bought your EZ Pass tag from a New Jersey Customer Service Center, you are paying the Cash toll rate  instead of the EZ Pass rate.

Yes, this is true.

The MTA, which manages the Bronx Whitestone, Throgs Neck and Triboro RFK bridges, Brooklyn-Battery and Queens-Midtown tunnels, anticipates an additional $33 million from this change in 2011.

 

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September 13, 2011

On September 18, 2011, E-ZPass and cash toll rates will increase for the Hudson River Crossings of the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, and Lincoln Tunnel.

The new rates will be: Read more…

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September 7, 2011
Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

Let’s say you have the choice of paying to use a tunnel or bridge for $6 or driving a little more and not paying at all. What do you do?

According to the NYC Department of Transportation, a lot of drivers are opting to save money. From 2008 to 2009, traffic volume for the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, Henry Hudson Bridge, Queens-Midtown Tunnel, and the Robert F. Kennedy (Triboro) Bridge all fell. As we’d expect, traffic volume increased on the 10 of the city’s free bridges in the same areas. There was also a toll increase for MTA-owned crossings in June 2009, either from $5 – $5.50 or $4.15  – $4.57. Check out these comparisons: Read more…

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August 10, 2011

ez_pass_nj_logo1As of August 5, 2011, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) is considering some pretty significant toll increases to use the Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, Bayonne Bridge, and PATH trains.  These increases would be the first since 2008.

Public Hearings are being held on Tuesday, August 16th, locations here. ez_pass_ny

What kind of increases are we talking about:

E-ZPass Off-Peak — increase from $6.00 to $10.00 in 2011, then to $12.00 in 2014

E-ZPass Peak — increase from $8.00 to $12.00 in 2011, then to $14.00 in 2014

Cash Tolls — increase from $8.00 to $15.00 in 2011, then to $17.00 in 2014

PATH Fares — increase from $1.75 per trip to $2.75 in 2011.  The fare for 10-, 20- and 40-trip SmartLink cards will increase from $1.30 per trip to $2.10 in 2011.  The 1-day pass will increase from $6.00 to $8.25 in 2011.  The 7-day pass will increase from $18.00 to $29.00 in 2011.  The 30-day pass will increase from $54.00 to $89.00 in 2011.  The senior fare will remain $1.00.

Is there any good news in this?

The Port Authority predicts that these increases will fund its 10-year, $33 billion capital plan, and bring 167,000 jobs and $9.7 billion in wages to the area.

The AAA strongly objects to these increases.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are expected to reject the proposal.

Read the full article in Crains New York Business.com

Here’s the full, detailed proposal.

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