As outlined in the report and reported by the Journal, the toll options include:
- The same tolls as the Pell Bridge, a cash rate of $2 per axle, 83 cents for Rhode Island residents using the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system, and 91cents for non-Rhode Islanders with Rhode Island E-ZPass accounts.
- A Mount Hope Bridge toll of 30 cents per axle with a 10-cent discount toll for E-ZPass users.
- A $1-per-axle cash toll with a 21-cent rate for Rhode Island E-ZPass users and 23 cents for other E-ZPass users.
- A $2-per-axle toll, with a 42-cent rate for Rhode Island E-ZPass users and 46 cents for other E-ZPass users.
- A $3-per-axle cash toll, with a 62-cent rate for Rhode Island E-ZPass users and 68 cents for other E-ZPass users.
Currently, the recently raised tolls on the Newport-Pell Bridge cover the expenses for both bridges. It is estimated, that without new tolls, the RITBA’s budget for needed repairs on the two structures would fall short by $223 million by 2027.
The RITBA will hold public hearings before settling on a file toll structure and any new tolls will need to be approved by the General Assembly.
Related: Higher tolls, new tolls on RI bridges [gcpvd.org]