Verrazzano Narrows Bridge


Study: Tolls On Staten Island Could Cut Traffic In Lower Manhattan

June 28, 2018 - 6:29 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A new study shows tolling changes on Staten Island could reduce traffic in Lower Manhattan.

If you ask traffic engineer Sam Schwartz, one of the worst traffic chokepoints in the city is around the Holland Tunnel. He has a plan to ease the crush.

“If we go back to a two-way toll at the Verrazzano Bridge – now is the time to do it with cashless tolling – we would actually relieve traffic in Lower Manhattan around Canal Street,” Schwartz told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

He said as many as 100 vehicles an hour during the afternoon rush avoid the expensive one-way toll at the Verrazzano.

“The Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel are only collected inbound in New York City,” Schwartz said.

The study was commissioned by the Hudson Square Business Improvement District. It wants to reduce congestion in the neighborhood.