Rebate Program Will Be for Registered E-ZPass NY Customer Service Center Account Holders Who are Residents of the Bronx or Queens on Respective Crossings
Rebates Funded by Outer Borough Transportation Account Created in 2018
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a toll rebate program is coming to Bronx and Queens residents who use the Henry Hudson Bridge and Cross Bay Bridge, respectively. The rebates are made possible by the Outer Borough Transportation Account, which was established in 2018 to provide additional resources for outer borough transportation improvements.
“We are making travel easier and more affordable for working families in the Bronx and Queens who rely on the Henry Hudson Bridge and Cross Bay Bridge,” Governor Hochul said. “Whether it’s through this rebate program or the historic increases in MTA service we’ve implemented, I am committed to making travel more accessible to all New Yorkers.”
Under the program, the MTA will rebate Bronx residents on trips they make across the Henry Hudson Bridge and Queens residents on trips they make via the Cross Bay Bridge. Drivers will be eligible for the program if they register for the resident rebate program with a valid New York Customer Service Center (NYCSC) E-ZPass account registered to a Bronx resident for Henry Hudson Bridge rebates or to a Queens resident for Cross Bay Bridge rebates. NYCSC E-ZPass customers whose accounts already meet the criteria for the rebate will be automatically enrolled by MTA Bridges and Tunnels and will be notified, while those who may be eligible but require action will receive instructions on how to properly register. The program is expected to begin in February 2024. Customers looking for more information can visit MTA Bridges and Tunnels Resident Programs.
MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said, “The Legislature implemented this fund in a way that allows the regional toll system to continue evolving into one focused on managing congestion.”
MTA Bridges and Tunnels President Catherine Sheridan said, “This program underscores the Legislature’s commitment to continuing to maximize regional mobility. We are delighted with this new program for Bronx and Queens residents who can now enjoy local travel with a full rebate.”
State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. said, “We are about to witness the rebate of an unfair toll levied at the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge for Queens residents. This reversal is a monumental victory and an effort that elected officials and residents have been striving to accomplish for decades. This achievement will rebate residents for the only intra-borough toll in the city, assist the economic growth and enjoyment of the Rockaway peninsula, and could not have been accomplished without the collective efforts of the community, Governor Hochul, the MTA, and elected officials on the state level.”
State Senator James Sanders said, “I am pleased that we are taking steps to provide some relief to Queens residents who rely on the Cross Bay Bridge. This rebate will help to make commuting more affordable and will put money back into the pockets of working families.”
State Senator Gustavo Rivera said, “This important rebate is a welcome perk for those eligible residents in my district who use the Henry Hudson Bridge. I want to thank the Legislature for securing funding for this important program as I will always be thrilled when Bronx residents can benefit from more affordable transit.”
Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz said, “Securing a rebate for the Henry Hudson Bridge Toll has been a top priority of mine. While the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its implementation, it is now coming to pass. If you are a Bronx resident with a car registered in the Bronx and have a funded E-ZPass, your toll for the Henry Hudson Bridge will be instantly rebated. I fought hard for this because it is an undue burden for Bronxites to pay a toll on this short bridge. I thank Governor Kathy Hochul and the MTA for supporting this great idea.”
Assemblymember Stacey Pheffer Amato said, “Promises made, promises kept – the Queens Resident Toll Rebate Program for the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge is happening! After years of hard work and perseverance, through the legislation I passed with Senator Addabbo, all Queens residents who utilize the NY E-Zpass program and register for the program will get full access to their entire borough, especially the Rockaway Peninsula. I thank the MTA and the Governor for implementing this system as we are removing a barrier to secure economic opportunities for everyone in Queens.”
Assemblymember Khaleel Anderson said, “This Queens Resident Rebate Toll Program is helping to delivery equity to my constituents who have some of the longest commutes by car or transit in the five boroughs. I want to thank my colleagues Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and Senator Joe Addabbo, as well as the Governor and MTA for helping to make this a reality.”