Greenburgh official touts Tappan Zee toll discounts

Workers continue early construction of pilings from barges Workers continue early construction of pilings from barges just north of the Tappan Zee Bridge crossing from Westchester County to Rockland County, in the background. These pilings allowed proposers to conduct demonstrations of boring to ascertain the composition of the riverbed and a pile-driving project that will determine the load capacity of seven locations in the future path of the bridge.The pile-driving demonstration project was the first physical preparatory work for the new Tappan Zee Bridge. (March 13, 2012) Photo Credit: Rory Glaeseman

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Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner is calling for a summit of elected officials from Westchester and Rockland to discuss the projected toll rate hikes once the new Tappan Zee Bridge is built.

With tolls on the new span expected to almost triple to $14 in 2017, crossing the bridge would become unaffordable for those on fixed incomes, especially without bus or mass transit, Feiner said in a release Friday.

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"This will be a tremendous burden for lower income residents of both counties, for seniors and young people," Feiner said. "The state would set the income guidelines to qualify. The Tappan Zee Bridge's projected toll hikes make the bridge unaffordable for many."

A possible suggestion, in addition to lobbying for mass transit or bus service, he said, is a new discount card for commuters who are on fixed incomes. A photo ID card could be issued to those who qualify. They would show the card to toll collectors and pay the reduced fares, he said.

Feiner is planning to write to the governor, the Westchester/Rockland delegation to the New York State Legislature and to local officials requesting a meeting, he said.

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