Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-Brooklyn, Staten Island) is pleased to announce to her Brooklyn constituents that the Port Authority has approved a bridge toll discount plan for residents of Brooklyn and Staten Island. Under the plan, the toll for enrolled E-Z Pass users with non-commercial plates shall be $4.75 per trip after three trips are completed within a calendar month at the Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing and/or the Bayonne Bridge, taking effect within the next 40 to 60 days. Malliotakis indicated that not only is the relief critical for Brooklyn’s overburdened drivers, but is an example of how the public can influence change in government.
“We have made our need for toll relief heard loud and clear, leading to the vital discount program approved by the Port Authority,” said Malliotakis. “With Brooklyn’s residents facing skyrocketing tolls on crossings like the Verrazano Bridge and other structures, we must drive down the cost of visiting the Garden State wherever possible. The fight for toll relief has been a community based, grassroots effort that proves, by taking a stand and never giving up, we can spur government action and make a real change in our community.”
Senator Martin J. Golden (R,C,I-Brooklyn), a strong advocate for toll relief for Brooklyn drivers, stated, “I want to thank Senator Lanza, Assemblywoman Malliotakis, and Assemblyman Cusick for their dedication and hard work. Finally, residents of Brooklyn who commute on a regular basis to New Jersey can have some relief from the ever-increasing tolls on the Port Authority crossings. This is great news for everyone who calls Brooklyn home, and I am proud to stand with them in their fight to make sure that Brooklyn residents can travel without
suffering from these overburdening toll rates."
Malliotakis has been a leading advocate for toll relief throughout her time in office and has partnered with numerous community groups, elected officials and organizations to ease the burden of fare increases levied by the Port Authority in 2011. In addition to participating in numerous rallies and protests calling for toll relief, she has filed an amicus brief in support of AAA’s lawsuit to repeal the toll hikes, which is currently under consideration by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Information pertaining to enrolling in the discount program will be announced by the Port Authority within the next 40 to 60 days. The assemblywoman will issue updates to keep her constituents posted on the details, but also encourages residents to contact her office for information by calling 718-987-0197, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.