Rep. Grimm Applauds Court Ruling Upholding Constitutionality of Residential Toll Discounts

Mar 28, 2013 Issues: Transportation

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Today, Rep. Michael Grimm (R,C-NY) applauded the decision announced yesterday by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the constitutionality of residential toll discounts. Last Congress, Rep. Grimm introduced the Residential and Commuter Toll Fairness Act, to safeguard the current toll discounts for New York residents. It passed the House on August 1, 2012, but was held up in the Senate.

“I applaud the 2nd Circuit Court’s ruling to affirm the right of New Yorkers to a residential toll discount,” said Grimm. “Protecting this toll discount for residents who commute regularly over the Verrazano or the Port Authority bridges has been a priority for me since day one. That is why I introduced and passed bipartisan legislation out of the House to address this very issue. Ensuring that this vital discount is maintained for our community is a step in the right direction for long term toll relief; however, we must remain vigilant in the fight against ever increasing tolls. Our work is not done until we find a viable solution for the businesses and jobs that are suffering as the result of the Port Authority’s outrageous toll hikes on commercial vehicles.”

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals originally heard the toll discount lawsuit and had remanded it back to the District Court to rehear using a specific legal test.  The District Court then ruled again that the toll discount was constitutional.  Yesterday, that decision was  appealed again to the 2nd Circuit and today that court ruled it was, in fact, constitutional to provide residential toll discounts.  

Read the Court’s ruling here.