NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — When it comes to funding construction for a new Tappan Zee Bridge, officials say people are speaking with their wallets.

State Senator David Carlucci told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane that recent considerations regarding construction have been made with an eye towards local commuter discounts.

WCBS 880 Reporter Paul Murnane reports…

“Peoples’ pockets are running dry and we’ve got to make sure that it’s an effective way to transport people across this corridor. And we’ve got to make sure we lower the cost and make it something that’s affordable. An affordable way to travel,” he said.

But that may not be easy considering potential environmental standards that may need to be met. Those standards include curtains of air bubbles to protect underwater creatures and noise monitors, among others.

In an effort to ease the burden on daily drivers, half of the bill may be covered by low interest federal financing.

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