NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There’s good news for thousands of commuters this morning.

Those who drive between Staten Island and New Jersey will have their tolls cut in half.

A new Port Authority plan will slash tolls by as much as 50 percent on the Goethals and Bayonne Bridges and the Outerbridge Crossing.

Starting February 1, E-ZPass users with non-commercial plates who enroll in the program will pay $47.50 for ten round trips – or just $4.75 per trip.

That adds up to nearly $1,200 a year in savings for rush hour E-ZPass users.

If you pay the higher cash price, the Port Authority say you can save $1,800 a year.

The new plan followed an outcry from Staten Island drivers who said there was no avoiding higher tolls due to a lack of mass transit options.


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