East River Bridges & Tunnels

NYC East River Bridges & Tunnels

NYC East River Bridges & Tunnels

If you’re doing any kind of NYC driving, you need to know about the East River Bridges and Tunnels that connect Manhattan to Brooklyn and Queens, and include the:

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Only the Queens Midtown Tunnel and the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel charge a toll, but there are long-standing proposals to begin charging tolls on the other East River Bridges, such as the highly traveled Queensboro Bridge. The New York State legislature sees charging tolls as an opportunity to generate much-needed revenue, whereas the residents of Queens argue that their homes are not located near public transportation and their only way to get into Manhattan is via the Queensboro Bridge.

The East River bridges and tunnels are some of the most highly used travel routes in and out of Manhattan for NYC driving. In 2007, NYC Department reported the daily volume, in each direction at:

  • Queensboro Bridge – 90,000 vehicles
  • Williamsburg Bridge – 52,000 – 58,000 vehicles
  • Brooklyn Bridge – 64,000 – 70,000 vehicles
  • Queens Midtown Tunnel – 47,000 outbound vehicles and 41,000 inbound vehicles

You can use EZ Pass to pay a discounted toll for the Queens Midtown Tunnel and the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.

Coming Soon! Read the history of proposals to put tolls on the East River Bridges

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with a few select NYC garages.