Triboro RFK Bridge

The Triboro RFK Bridge has many names, depending on when you’ve lived in NYC.

  • Triboro or Triborough Bridge — anyone using the bridge before 2010 will call it the Triboro Bridge.
    RFK Bridge or Robert F. Kennedy Bridge — the new name since November, 2008. It cost $4 million for the MTA and NYSDOT to replace all the signs leading to the bridge.

The original Triborough name derives from the bridge connecting the three NYC boroughs of Manhattan, Bronx, and Queens. The bridge is actually three separate long-span bridges connecting the three boroughs,  a number of smaller bridges and viaducts, fourteen miles of approach highways and parkways, parks and recreational facilities, and administrative offices for the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. The three main spans connect with one another over Randalls Island and Wards Island, with greenways linking the various segments.

The toll plaza and approaches manage 22 lanes of traffic coming from the north, south and west,  and is approximately nine acres. The plaza is about as big as a railroad switchyard.

Some key facts about the Triboro RFK Bridge:

  • Main span: 1,380 feet
  • Total length of all approaches: 13,820 feet
  • Bronx Kills Span: 1,600 feet, connects the Bronx to Manhattan
  • Hell Gate Span: a suspension bridge that connects Queens and Manhattan
  • Harlem River Span & lift Bridge: is a ‘spur’ that carries 6 lanes of traffic to 125th Street in Manhattan via Randall’s Island
  • Randall’s Island-Ward’s Island viaduct: part of the bridge system connecting Randall’s Island and Ward’s Island

The Triboro Bridge opened in July 1936, at a cost of $60.3 million. In its first year, 1937, 30,000 vehicles used the Triboro Bridge every day. Now, NYC”s Department of Transportation estimates that 200,000 vehicles use the Triboro Bridge’s 8 lanes every day.

 

TOLLS: A toll is charged in both directions.  For more information visit the EZ Pass page for rates.

Effective March 3, 2013:

Two-axle passenger vehicle:

$7.50 Cash or without EZ Pass NY

$5.33 with EZ Pass NY

If you have EZ Pass NJ, you can use the EZ Pass lanes but you will pay the Cash Toll Rate of $7.50.

Driving a motorcycle, truck, or other vehicle? Here are the toll rates for you.

*EZ Pass NY can be issued by: MTA Bridges and Tunnels, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Bridge Authority

Previous rates, effective December 30, 2010:

Two-axle passenger vehicle:

$6.50 Cash or without EZ Pass NY

$4.80 with EZ Pass NY

If you have EZ Pass NJ, you can use the EZ Pass lanes but you will pay the Cash Toll Rate of $6.50.

Access points to the Triboro RFK Bridge

NYC DRIVING DIRECTIONS FOR THE TRIBORO RFK BRIDGE

From the Bronx: enter from Bruckner Expressway southbound

From Manhattan: enter from the FDR Drive northbound

From Queens: coming soon!

Entering the Bronx: coming soon!

Entering Manhattan: you can access the FDR Drive southbound or 2nd Avenue.

Entering Queens: coming soon!


Walk across the Triboro RFK Bridge!

Courtesy of Transportation Alternatives

According to Transportation Alternatives, cycling across the Triboro Bridge isn’t easy. The steep access ramps still make for difficult riding on the Manhattan and Bronx portions, and the two sets of stairs on the Queens section (pictured right) require bicyclists to carry their bikes.  Officially, you must walk your bike over the entire 2 mile span, as indicated by signage. Unofficially, bicyclists ride 24 hours a day; just slow to allow pedestrians to pass, as they have the right of way.

Manhattan entrance: Ramps at Second Avenue and 124/126 Streets, stairs at First Avenue and 124/126 Streets.

Bronx entrance: 134th Street and Cypress Avenue

Queens entrance: Long, steep stairs at Hoyt Avenue and 27th Street

Find out more about walking and cycling across the Triboro Bridge / RFK Bridge from Transportation Alternatives.

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