Motorists driving over the old Tappan Zee Bridge will be slapped with a toll hike come 2021, state officials announced Thursday.
The state Thruway Authority approved its first toll increase since 2010 for the new Mario M. Cuomo bridge to help pay for the $4 billion span over the Hudson River connecting Westchester and Rockland counties, north of New York City.
“So with most spans of the bridge open and system-wide implementation of cashless tolling in 2022, now is the time to begin consideration of an adjustment process,” said Matt Howard, the TA’s chief financial officer during the board of directors meeting in Albany.
“It will allow us to responsibly meet our future operational and capital needs, and support our debt service obligations as well ensuring that we continue to provide a reliable service to our patrons.”
Officials unveiled a plan detailing the increases: for E-ZPass drivers operating passenger costs, rates would increase from $4.75 to $5.25 in 2021, and to $5.75 in 2022.
Drivers who don’t have E-ZPass and pay by mail will face an increase from the current $5 to $6.83 by 2021 and $7.48 in 2022. Plus, these drivers will also see a $2 surcharge on their monthly bill — a fiscal reminder to get the EZPass device.
Truckers will see a boost as well — presently five axle trucks spend $32.75 during peak hours, but will see a jump to $42.90 in 2021 and $55.77 by 2022.