New York Metropolis Marathon fights huge new bridge toll

In November, greater than 50,000 runners will run the New York Metropolis Marathon on an iconic route that features quite a few bridge crossings, together with, at the beginning, the spectacular Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, which connects Staten Island with Brooklyn. Each higher and decrease parts of the bridge have been used for the marathon since 1988. As The New York Occasions experiences, nonetheless, this yr, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (M.T.A.), is demanding that the New York Street Runners (NYRR), who manage the marathon, pay $750,000 for misplaced toll income whereas the bridge is closed to site visitors.

Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge

This demand has sparked a standoff, with the M.T.A. initially threatening to restrict runners to the bridge’s decrease deck, then deciding to permit use of the higher degree, albeit contingent on a fee settlement.

NYRR, highlighting the marathon’s significance as a homegrown establishment and an financial boon for town, has appealed to Governor Kathy Hochul for intervention. It argues that the occasion’s advantages outweigh the misplaced toll income, citing elevated subway ridership on race day as proof. NYRR started paying the personnel prices of closing the bridge in 2021; final yr, the group says it paid $150,000.

Ought to the 2 teams not come to an settlement, NYRR says it could have to increase the size of the race to permit all runners to complete (leading to longer highway and bridge closures and extra opponents operating in the dead of night) or scale back the variety of members accepted.

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