Truck and Commercial Vehicle Information

This page is designed to provide commercial operators with information about MTA Bridges and Tunnels rules and regulations at our crossings. Our facilities are the Bronx-Whitestone, Cross Bay Veterans Memorial, Henry Hudson, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial, Throgs Neck, Robert F. Kennedy and Verrazzano-Narrows bridges, as well as the Queens Midtown Tunnel and Hugh L. Carey Tunnel.

Important Vehicle Restriction

Trucks are NOT permitted across the Henry Hudson Bridge at any time.

Weight Restrictions

All vehicles must be in compliance with the New York State Bridge Formula and cannot exceed 80,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW) at any MTA Bridges and Tunnels crossing, with the exception of vehicles that have certain permits at the Throgs Neck Bridge. Please see Throgs Neck Bridge section below. 

For more detailed information on the New York State Bridge Formula, please visit the New York State DOT Overweight Vehicle Information, and scroll to the bottom of the first page.

Vehicle Dimension and Hazardous Materials

For information regarding MTA vehicle dimension and hazardous material regulations, please check the following:

Procedures for Overweight Vehicles

There are now separate procedures for overweight trucks carrying non-divisible and divisible loads as set forth below. Please note that MTA permits are valid only on MTA facilities and do not apply to travel routes under city and state jurisdiction, which have separate permits. Be aware that for the safety of all our customers, Bridge and Tunnel officers at MTA facilities perform routine checks on trucks. Drivers who do not comply with MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ rules face fines that may exceed $10,000. 

Non-Divisible Loads (*Note: This is A New Procedure)

*Vehicles carrying non-divisible loads that are over 80,000 pounds GVW and vehicles that are less than 80,000 pounds but are NOT in compliance with the State Bridge Formula must obtain a daily over-dimensional permit from the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) before attempting to cross any MTA Bridges and Tunnels facility. No separate MTA permit will be issued in conjunction with a NYCDOT permit for non-divisible loads.

Click here for information on how to obtain a NYCDOT permit, or contact:

New York City Department of Transportation
Bridges/Truck Unit
55 Water Street
New York, NY 10041

212-839-6341

Divisible Loads

Except as noted below under Throgs Neck Bridge, vehicles carrying Divisible Loads that are over 80,000 pounds GVW and vehicles that are less than 80,000 lbs but are NOT in compliance with the State Bridge Formula must obtain a Divisible Load Permit from the MTA before attempting to cross any MTA Bridges and Tunnels facility. Please note that except as noted below under Throgs Neck Bridge, city and state Divisible Load Permits are not valid on MTA crossings. MTA permits are required.

Click here for a Divisible Load Permit application form.

For further information on obtaining Special Handling Permits, write to cpo@mtabt.org or call 212-360-3000. (Please note that this phone number and e-mail address replace individual facility numbers.)

Throgs Neck Bridge

Six- and seven-axle trucks not exceeding 105,000 pounds GVW with valid City or State Divisible Load Permits and five-axle trucks not exceeding 102,000 lbs GVW with valid milk-hauling permits are the only divisible loads allowed to cross the Throgs Neck Bridge. They must use the center lane at all times at speeds of no more than 30 mph.

This permission may be revoked at any time and for any reason. No other trucks carrying divisible loads are allowed on the Throgs Neck. Trucks with GVW of 80,000 pounds or less and trucks in compliance with the New York State Bridge Formula must also travel in the center lane at speeds of no more than 30 mph on the Throgs Neck Bridge.

Rules and Regulations Concerning Specific MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel

The transportation of all hazardous materials is prohibited.

Henry Hudson Bridge

Trucks are NOT permitted across at any time.

Queens Midtown Tunnel

The transportation of all hazardous materials is prohibited.

Throgs Neck Bridge

Six- and seven-axle trucks not exceeding 105,000 pounds GVW with valid City or State Divisible Load Permits and five-axle trucks not exceeding 102,000 pounds GVW with valid milk-hauling permits are the only divisible loads allowed to cross the Throgs Neck Bridge. They must use the center lane at all times at speeds of no more than 30 mph. This permission may be revoked at any time and for any reason.

No other trucks carrying divisible loads are allowed on the Throgs Neck. Trucks with GVW of 80,000 pounds or less and trucks in compliance with the New York State Bridge Formula must also travel in the center lane at speeds of no more than 30 mph on the Throgs Neck Bridge.