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New York closes bridges for its marathon. Runners should pay for the unpaid tolls, the MTA demands

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The Metropolitan Transit Authority is requesting that the organizers of the New York City marathon pay $750,000 annually. The MTA cites the loss of bridge toll revenues due to the closure of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during the race as a reason for the demand. The NYRR, which organizes the marathon, argues that the event already generates significant economic benefits for the city. The MTA plans to continue negotiating with the NYRR with the expectation of full reimbursement for the lost revenue. The marathon raised over $60 million for charity in 2023 and resulted in increased subway ridership.