NEW YORK - (AP) - Drivers using the bridges and tunnels controlled by the MTA are going to have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay the tolls.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board on Wednesday approved a toll increase that would go into effect at the end of the year.

Drivers paying cash at crossings including the Queens Midtown tunnel and the Throgs Neck bridge would pay $6.50, up from $5.50. Drivers using E-ZPass would pay $4.80, up from $4.57.

The increase comes a couple of weeks after the MTA board approved fare hikes for the city's subways, buses and commuter rails.

The increases don't include the Hudson River tunnel and bridge crossings to Manhattan, which are controlled by another agency.