STATEN ISLAND,  N.Y. - A new report commissioned by the MTA finds that split tolling on the Verrazzano Bridge would help reduce congestion.

But the catch is that much of that reduction wouldn't really affect rush-hour.

It found weekdays during off-peak hours would benefit most.

The study estimates a reduction of more than 4,300 cars on the eastbound side of the bridge, with an additional 4,300 westbound vehicles.

The plan to split the $19 one-way toll on the bridge was introduced in April.

It would charge drivers entering Staten Island from both directions $9.50.

If approved by the state, the split toll is estimated to bring in $12 million for the MTA.

It would likely take more than a year to implement the new toll system.