MTA demanding New York City Marathon organizers pay $750K for lost toll revenue in this year’s race: report

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is reportedly demanding the organizers of the New York City Marathon to pay $750,000 to cowl the misplaced toll income that comes from shutting down the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

The New York Street Runners, which run the long-lasting marathon yearly, are being threatened with restricted use of the bridge in the event that they don’t pay up, in line with the New York Occasions. If that does turn into the case, the marathon might have a decreased participant pool this yr. 

The Occasions cited inner memos, which level to powerful negotiations from the MTA saying runners would solely be allowed to make use of the decrease deck of the bridge for the race. The marathon begins on Staten Island yearly, and using the Verrazano Bridge is vital in bringing the runners to Brooklyn.


Runners cross the Verrazano Bridge earlier than competing within the 52nd Version of the New York Metropolis Marathon on November 5, 2023.  (KENA BETANCUR/AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

Nonetheless, the memos in latest weeks have mentioned the New York Street Runners (NYRR) might select both the higher or decrease degree, however they can not use each. The marathon has used each the higher and decrease ranges for the previous 36 years. 

“New Yorkers love Marathon Sunday, however taxpayers can’t be anticipated to subsidize a rich non-government group just like the New York Street Runners to the tune of $750,000,” Catherine Sheridan, the president of the MTA Bridges and Tunnels, mentioned in an announcement by way of The New York Put up. 

The MTA is ready to proceed working towards a ultimate settlement with the NYRR, supplied it leads, over time, to full reimbursement for the misplaced income.”


The New York Metropolis Marathon isn’t only a race for a lot of all over the world seeking to be topped champion, but additionally for hundreds seeking to race cash for good causes. The marathon is anticipated to draw 50,000 members this yr. 

The New York Street Runners argue that entrants will lower if they will’t use each ranges of the bridge for the race. And if that’s the case, the 26.2-mile race might want to go on longer, that means different bridges and streets all through the 5 boroughs will should be shut down longer.  

The group has requested New York Gov. Kathy Hochul to weigh in on the negotiations with the MTA, as CEO Rob Simmelkjaer requested Hochul ask the company to “negotiate in good religion.” 

New York City Marathon runners finish race

First Deputy of Police Commissioner Tania Kinsella (2nd from R) and Tania Figueroa (R) crossing end line of TCS New York Metropolis marathon in open ladies’s division in Central Park. A complete of 51,402 runners completed the TCS (Tata Consultancy Providers) New York Metropolis Marathon. (Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket by way of Getty Pictures)

Simmelkjaer added the New York Street Runners had already agreed to up its fee to $200,000 for the closure of the bridge for this yr’s race after paying $150,000 final yr. 

“We’ve got agreed to extend funds to the MTA within the type of each direct funds and the acquisition of promoting on subways and buses,” Simmelkjaer’s letter learn. “The MTA has made few concessions in these negotiations, nonetheless, and continues to insist on 100% reimbursement of misplaced toll income.”

Simmelkjaer additionally identified to Hochul within the letter that the New York Street Runners has “a unprecedented influence on the state and metropolis financial system — bringing in a couple of million spectators and 50,000 runners to New York Metropolis’s streets annually.”

The New York Street Runners had a complete revenue of $100.2 million final fiscal yr after bringing in $85 million in income in 2022.  

The MTA has been a scorching matter for city-goers in latest weeks, because the board lately accepted a congestion pricing plan that will hit drivers with a $15 toll to enter Midtown Manhattan beneath sixtieth avenue, inflicting widespread debate. 

New York City Marathon runners on Verrazano Bridge

Runners cross the Verrazano Bridge earlier than competing within the 52nd Version of the New York Metropolis Marathon on November 5, 2023. (KENA BETANCUR/AFP by way of Getty Pictures)


The MTA says elevated tolls will give them the billions wanted to improve transit and railroad programs. 

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