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A Brief Chronological History of Selected
Toll Rates for the NYS Bridge Authority

Category
1933
1937
1945
1966
1989
2000
2012

Pedestrians
$0.20
$0.20
$0.10
$0.10
     
Passenger Automobiles
$1.60
$1.00
$0.50
$0.50
$0.75
$1.00
$1.25
Charge per passenger
$0.20
           
One Horse Wagons
$1.00
$0.40
$0.30
       
Horses, Cows, etc.
$0.40
           
Horse and Rider
$0.60
$0.40
$0.30
       
Average cost of a Loaf of Bread
$0.05
$0.06
$0.15
$0.25
$0.90
$1.25
$1.75

3/29/33 -
New York State Bridge Authority takes jurisdiction of the Mid-Hudson Bridge and adopts the toll schedule then in effect under the Department of Public Works.  Thirty-six often complex separate tolls included the following:
 
Each Way
Pedestrians
.10
Passenger Automobiles
.80
Each Passenger in vehicles
.10
One-horse wagons (up to 16 feet)
.50
Horses, oxen, cows, yearlings
.20
Saddle horse and rider
.30
9/15/37 -
Tolls were reduced overall although 18 separate categories were maintained. Passengers in vehicles were no longer tolled and livestock was now banned except as cargo in or motive power for vehicles.
 
Each Way
Pedestrians
.10
Passenger Automobiles
.50
Wagon or Horse and Rider
.20
7/15/45 -
With the Second World War nearing its end and the Army replacing commuters as a major source of revenue, vehicle tolls were again reduced and pedestrians finally received a break.
 
Each Way
Pedestrians
.05
Passenger Automobiles
.25
Horse and Wagon
.15
Extra axles on all vehicles
.25
6/1/63   -
Axle tolls replaced weight related tolls for most trucks resulting in a slight increase for mid-size trucks and a slight toll reduction for most heavy trucks.  Meanwhile, a separate higher toll schedule was enacted for the about to be opened Newburgh-Beacon Bridge.  Passenger cars and small trucks were required to pay .25¢ more in each direction and larger trucks were charged .50¢ more.
10/15/66- Tolls at all Authority bridges were again made uniform at the following rates:
 
Each Way
Pedestrians
.05
Passenger Automobiles
.25
8/12/70 -
Eastbound tolls were doubled (.50¢) and all westbound toll collections ceased.
11/2/80 -
Pedestrian tolls were abandoned.
7/2/89   -
Tolls rose to .75¢ round trip for passenger cars.
All other vehicles $1.00/per axle.
2/5/00   -
Tolls rose to $1.00 round trip for passenger cars and $1.50 per axle for commercial vehicles.
1/30/12 -
Tolls rose to $1.25 for passenger cars and, for the first time, E-ZPass customers pay less than cash paying customers since the costs for collecting an E-ZPass toll is less.   Passenger cars using cash pay $1.50.