Janes v. Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Auth., No. 13-4377 (2d Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
Plaintiffs, residents of New Jersey and New York, filed suit challenging a TBTA program that provides discounted tolls to residents of Staten Island, the Rockaway Peninsula, and Broad Channel Island for crossings over certain bridges. The discounted tolls allow residents of Staten Island to pay a reduced rate on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which serves as the only direct vehicular artery connecting Staten Island with the rest of New York City. The district court granted defendants' motion for summary judgment. The court held, for substantially the reasons articulated by the district court, that the toll discount scheme at issue neither violates the constitutional right to travel nor the dormant Commerce Clause. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.