House passes spending bill with 2-way Verrazzano Bridge tolls
Two-way tolls on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge are on the verge of becoming a reality now that the House of Representatives has passed a massive appropriations bill.
U.S. Reps. Max Rose, Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velázquez worked to eliminate language from a spending bill that would have kept the current one-way toll system in place. The toll is collected from drivers traveling toward Staten Island. Brooklyn-bound motorists cross the bridge for free.
The appropriations bill, passed by the House on Tuesday, will now go to the U.S. Senate for a vote.
Rose, a Democrat who represents Southwest Brooklyn and Staten Island, spoke on the House floor prior to the vote.