The New York Times is reporting a revolt by directors of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the transit and toll conglomerate that lives off toll revenues from the city's nine bridges and tunnels. May 28 the MTA board decided to go to court to preserve the perk long granted to present and former MTA directors that allows them unlimited use of free E-ZPass transponders for car travel and free MetroCard passes for subway, bus and commuter rail travel.
New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) - of which the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel toll authority is a division - is reversing its stance defending free toll transponders (and transit passes) for current and former board members. They announced May 29 that they would, after all, comply with state Attorney-General Andrew Cuomo's May 25 demand that the program be discontinued immediately.
The New York State attorney-general has said that free E-ZPass accounts for members and past members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) board are illegal and should immediately be revoked. But the MTA arguing "we've done it for years" will take the matter to court, seeking a judgment on the legality of the perk.
A toll tunnel is being proposed under Long Island Sound to provide a new link between Long Island and mainland New York state in Rye. Called the Long Island Cross Sound Link (LICSL) the twin 3 lane tunnel would run between the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway (NY135) in Syosset near the Long Island Expressway (I-495) and I-95 and the Cross Westchester Expressway (I-287) in Rye.