Albany Nears Agreement on MTA Tolls

Friday, Feb 27, 2009  |  Updated 2:00 PM EDT
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Albany Nears Agreement on MTA Tolls

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It'll cost a few bucks to drive over the Brooklyn Bridge if the state legislature has its way.

Gov. David Paterson and the Legislature are negotiating a deal to rescue the debt-ridden Metropolitan Transportation Authority that could put $2 tolls on bridges over the Harlem and East rivers.

     The Democrat-led Senate discussed the MTA issue this week and hopes to have a deal that can be passed in the Legislature by the end of the next week that Paterson could sign into law.
    
Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver proposed the $2 tolls on the bridges over the East River and Harlem River as part of a compromise.
    
The agency has projected a $1.4 billion deficit in its operating budget next year and a $3 billion gap by 2012.
    
Paterson has called the problem urgent and said an agreement was needed this week.

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