Bridges and Tunnels in New York
New York City
There are three different government or public agencies that operate the many bridges and tunnels that link New York City to the surrounding boroughs and states. The New York State Dept of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for state run bridges, The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA) is a constituency agency of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and is responsible for 7 bridges and 2 tunnels and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates the major toll bridges and tunnels connecting New York and New Jersey.
|Region 11 of the DOT is responsible for NY State maintained bridges between the boroughs of NYC. These bridges include: Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge and the Queensboro Bridge. These bridges are free to cross and do not charge tolls. Id addition, the DOT is responsible to provide safe, maintained streets and improve efficiency for city traffic.|
|The Port Authority manages airports, tunnels, bridges, ports, bus terminals, and trains serving the 5 NYC boroughs, the Bronx, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester Counties and 8 New Jersey counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, and Union.|
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|TBTA operates seven bridges and two tunnels: The bridges include Triborough, Throgs Neck, Varrazano Narrows, Bronx-Whitestone, Henry Hudson, Marine Parkway Gill Hodges Memorial, and Cross Bay Veterans Memorial. The two tunnels are the Brooklyn Battery and Queens Midtown.|
TYPHint: Consider getting an E-Z Pass, if you will be using bridges and tunnels for any length of time. Do not get into an E-Z Pass lane unless you actually have one on your car. There is a stiff fine if you don't and the police are frequently stationed at these lanes. You can get an E-Z Pass by phone (call 1-800-333-8655) or online at the E-ZPass NY website.
|E-ZPass is an electronic toll collection (ETC) system that allows you to prepay your tolls, eliminating the need to stop at the toll plaza. Many tolls are discounted from the cash price and the E-ZPass is accepted in many different states. Sign up online or at participating retailers|
Bridge length and tunnel length is basically the distance of the bridge span over water or the tunnel distance underground. "Vehicular"- for cars, buses and trucks. Toll - price for using the tunnel or bridge. Inbound - into the city or into Manhattan. Some bridges are free (Toll = free). If you are using EZ- Pass an electronic toll payment system which allows you to pass through toll booths piratically with out stopping, if you are using this service the toll will be indicated by EZ-Toll.
|Opened in 1883, this 3,456-foot suspension bridge has inspired poets, painters and photographers ever since with its graceful architecture and prominent position against the New York skyline. You can experience it firsthand by traversing its wood-plank pedestrian walkway. Click here to see pictures|
BRIDGES TO NEW JERSEY
The PATH controlled bridges and tunnels are free if you're heading to NJ, but the cost is $4.50 if you head to New York. These bridges and tunnels are: