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Transportation

The Staten Island Railway, which is run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), connects Staten Islanders to the North and South shores of the borough. The Railway extends from Tottenville to the St. George Ferry Terminal.

The MTA also runs New York City Transit, which is the agency in charge of the city’s public buses. There are 31 total local service and limited-stop routes and 21 express service routes. Local buses are designated with an “S” while the express buses to and from Manhattan are designated with an “SIM.”

The Staten Island Ferry provides 22 million people a year (70,000 passengers a day not including weekend days) with ferry service between St. George and Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan. Consumers will love the fact that there is no cost to ride the Staten Island Ferry. With its scenic views, the relaxing trip can be a welcomed respite for customers who grow accustomed to an otherwise chaotic city.

Four bridges extend into Staten Island and all contain one-way fares. There are E-Z Pass discounts for Staten Island residents. As the result of an MTA Rebate Program, residents are charged an effective toll rate of $5.50 (versus the $17 cash rate) at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The Port Authority NY/NJ Staten Island Bridges Plan offers a 58 percent discount off the cash toll rate. The plan is available to vehicles with non-commercial plates and private E-ZPass accounts at E-ZPass New York or New Jersey. Enrollment is required. The Plan toll rate is $6.25 per trip at the Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge, or Outerbridge Crossing, provided at least three Staten Island-bound trips are made in a single calendar month that is not otherwise discounted by the Carpool or Green Pass Plan.
 
  • The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects Staten Island to Brooklyn.
  • The newly-constructed $1.5 billion Goethals Bridge links to Elizabeth, N.J. There are two spans – the second part just opened this past spring – and each has three 12-foot lanes, 12-foot outer shoulders, and 5-foot inner shoulders.
  • The Outerbridge Crossing travels into Perth Amboy, N.J. Good news came this past spring when the Port Authority announced approval of a $9.2 million planning authorization for the Crossing, which is the first step in the replacement of the 89-year-old span.
  • The Bayonne Bridge connects to Bayonne, N.J. Although some construction is still ongoing, the bridge completed its new elevated roadway last year to allow larger ships to pass through the Kill van Kull and help bring more business to the borough.

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