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The verdant wilds of bucolic Staten Island will soon be just a card-swipe away.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced on July 28 that drivers will soon be able to use credit or debit cards to pay the $15 fare to cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

But the measure is more about safety than service, and commuters are still supposed to pony up greenbacks if they have them, a spokeswoman said.

“It’s for people who don’t have enough cash,” said the Authority’s Judie Glave, adding that E-ZPass users with insufficient funds can also use the service, but they’ll have to pay the full fare rather than the reduced E-ZPass rate of $10.66.

Previously, drivers short on cash or with low E-ZPass balances had to pull over so toll workers could take down their tag number and send them a bill, but that proved hazardous for the staff, Glave said. There have not been any serious incidents recently, but Glave said toll workers occasionally get clipped by passing motorists.

Giving drivers more options for how to pay will also reduce congestion on the bridge, because drivers will no longer have to pull to the side, she said.

The transit agency began accepting plastic from commercial drivers in October 2013 and other motorists should get the privilege within weeks, she said.

The bridge’s upper level will be closed between 9 pm and 5–6 am from Aug. 4–Aug. 20 so the Authority install new sign supports and signs. The Brooklyn-bound upper level will reopen at 5 am to accommodate rush hour traffic, and the Staten Island-bound upper level will reopen at 6 am, according to a press release from the Authority.

Updated 7:17 pm, August 6, 2014
Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
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Reasonable discourse

Boyfriend from Bay Ridge says:
get the privilege to pay the $15 fare.
I'm honored.
Aug. 5, 2014, 4:26 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
How about instead just removing the toll since the bonds for this bridge was paid off decades ago?
Aug. 5, 2014, 7:53 pm
bb says:
Tal the bridge needs billions of dollars worth of maintenance over the next twenty years. The SI resident toll is roughly what it could be lowered to for everyone. Unless you are asking the rest of the city and state to subsidize the bridge in addition to every road you use getting to and from it.

The Move NY toll plan would lower it to the cost of the bridge. You should support it.
Aug. 5, 2014, 8:39 pm
PAUL says:
the bridge is 50 years old just remove the toll a $15.00 a day is $75.00 aweek $300.00 a month and $3,600 a year i was one frist to the bridge on opening day in 64 i m 72 and dont have that money to see friend that move SI
Aug. 6, 2014, 12:04 am
ty from pps says:
Paul -- Take the ferry. It's free. We all pay for it so you can visit your friend.

You can also take the bus. I believe it's $2.50 round-trip for senior citizens.

(You're not suggesting you need to visit your friend 5 day per week are you?)
Aug. 6, 2014, 9:23 am
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
Staten Island Resident Program
(Roundtrip toll Verrazano-Narrows Bridge for registered residents)
E-ZPass**
$6.00 per trip
3 trips
a month

$6.36 per trip
up to 2 trips a month

Staten Island residents already get a reduced toll for the V-N Bridge...as long as they use EZ_pass...
Its about what I have to pay one way to use the Hugh Carey Tunnel.
The reason its a one way toll is thanks to Al Damato. You can't change the one way toll without a change in US Federal law...which won't pass now.
Part of all the tolls now are used to subsidize mass transit(I am not complaining just pointing it out) Yes I know I can use free bridges and they can't...at least this week.
Aug. 6, 2014, 4:34 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I have seen the video for Move NY, and I find that idea to lower the tolls to either be a joke or just something temporary. When that was mentioned on the Daily News, most of those who commented weren't fooled by that. It's very likely that the so-called lower tolls wouldn't either be much or just be raised back up not too long after. Keep in mind that this bridge is already being paid for via taxes for infrastructure. As for the ferry, it might be free to ride, but not free to get to.
Aug. 6, 2014, 7:18 pm
bb says:
What are taxes for infrastructure tal? I don't see the deduction on my pay stub.
Aug. 7, 2014, 2:01 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
That is mainly because taxes for infrastructure and infrastructure are collected at least at the state level since the MTA is a state agency to begin with.
Aug. 7, 2014, 7:29 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- I wish you had a clue. I really do. I bet you mom does too.
Aug. 7, 2014, 8:36 pm
Marie from Dyker heights says:
Does the Verazanno bridge take credit cards
Dec. 30, 2015, 6:53 pm

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