From the Daily News:
BROAD CHANNEL and Rockaway residents may be headed to court to fight a bridge toll.
Local leaders are mulling a lawsuit against the MTA if the agency scraps its toll rebate program for locals using the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge between Broad Channel and the Rockaways. It is the only tolled intraborough bridge in the city.
Ending the rebate program would help plug a $750 million Metropolitan Transportation Authority budget shortfall, agency officials said.
The MTA board of directors is scheduled to vote on the proposed cuts at its March 24 meeting in Manhattan.
Many locals have to take the bridge to pick up packages at the post office, take children to school or go to the bank.
"We're in the same zip code, for God's sake," resident Diane Malsy, 47, said of Broad Channel and Rockaway.
One of the reasons she and her husband moved to Broad Channel was because of the toll rebates, she said. If the rebates were eliminated, she would have to pay to drive to her church and attend community board meetings, she said. Charging locals a discounted rate to cross the bridge would save the agency approximately $3.9 million, officials said.
Broad Channel and Rockaway residents with an E-ZPass would pay $1.13 a crossing, officials said. Nonresidents who pay cash are charged $2.75 and nonresidents with E-ZPasses pay $1.71. This would not change.
"These actions were necessitated by the deterioration of the MTA's financial situation," said MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz.