Toll Hikes To Go Into Effect

As of 3 a.m. Sunday, it costs drivers more to cross bridges and tunnels owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Cash tolls on the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing were scheduled to rise from $8 to $12. For trucks it'll be $13 per axle. If you have EZ Pass, the increase is $1.50.

PATH train fares also increased Sunday to $2.

On Thursday, AAA asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to block the toll increases.

The authority had originally proposed even steeper toll increases, but was forced to scale back after the governors of New York and New Jersey threatened to veto them.

The Port Authority's coffers have been hit hard by security-related projects following the 9/11 attacks, a drop in revenue caused by the global economic slump, and the $11 billion World Trade Center complex.

With the Associated Press.