CB6 calls for two-way tolling on Verrazano Bridge
by Patrick Kearns
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It's been over 25 years since members of Community Board 6 first began advocating for a two-way toll on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and they're not ready to give up the fight.

In a 1991 letter, Stephanie Twin, the chairperson at the time, petitioned then-governor Mario Cuomo for the change based on some troubling signs they saw then.

“Since the one-way toll experiment was initiated in 1986,” the letter reads, “we have observed a most severe and deleterious increase in traffic, the impact of which is threatening the safety of our streets and our environment.”

Now, the current community board is taking up the fight. In a January 31st letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, district manager Craig Hammerman made the same request.

“[CB6] has long advocated for the reinstatement of a two-way toll on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to reverse the significant regional traffic congestion our district experiences, especially during the weekday morning rush hour, to restore some equity and fairness to the way in which travel decisions are made by motorists traveling throughout our district every day,” Hammerman wrote.

He said he understands that Staten Island residents at the time were faced with heavy volumes of traffic and the toll plan was to ease the flow on that side of the bridge, but with cashless tolling traffic flowing through the plaza is much smoother.

“What is left now is economic-biased travel decisions which favors the 'free' flow of traffic from Staten Island to Brooklyn,” Hammerman wrote.
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