With another round of bridge toll hikes coming, Brooklyn lawmakers want borough residents to get the break on tolls that Staten Islanders get for frequently crossing the Verrazano Bridge.
Tolls for drivers who cross the Verrazano Bridge at least three times a month would get a steep 58% discount from the full toll that will hit $16 this March for non-Staten Island drivers who pay cash.
"We have people in Brooklyn who have children and family members on the other side of the bridge," said state Sen. Martin Golden, who pressed for the toll cut with Assemblymembers Alec Brook-Krasny and Nicole Malliotakis, a Staten Islander who also represents the Brooklyn side of the bridge.
Staten Islanders already get a break on the expensive Verrazano Bridge tolls by using EZPass ($11.08, starting in March) and being a resident who crosses at least three times a month ($6.24). Meanwhile, the MTA spent $7 million last year to give Staten Island drivers $.50 break. An MTA spokesman declined to comment on the plan.
The cost for the Brooklyn pols' toll proposal would cost $30 million, Golden said, but he thinks more car travel between the boroughs would encourage people to spend money at shopping and dining destinations on either side of the bridge.
"It would be, I believe, an economic boon for Staten Island and for Brooklyn," he said.