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NJ Braces for More Expensive Rides on Highways

Friday, December 30, 2011

The new year will bring something that's become old hat for New Jersey residents: more costs associated with driving.

For the second time in three years, toll rates will rise on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. The latest increases go into effect on New Year's Day.

Tolls will rise an average of about 50 percent on both roads. That means people driving the length of turnpike will pay $13.85 instead of $9.05 one-way. The additional revenue is to be used to fund road and bridge improvements.

The rate increase come just four months after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey jacked up tolls on bridges and tunnels into New York by 50 percent.

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Comments [2]

Liz McKeon from West New York, NJ

The rate hikes might have been easier to swallow had Gov Christie reconsidered - or even proposed to reconsider - his decision to kill the Hudson River commuter train tunnel. The tri-state area and economy need more varied, efficient and environmentally logical ways to move millions in the workforce each day between key locations. While the reason given for the toll hike is to pay for bridge and road improvements, a rate hike of such proportions is also an implicit disincentive to motorists. Why then, not counterbalance an imposition that is hard on a household wallet by providing an alternative that is also an incentive over the horizon to switch to public transit? I'm not a Christie fan, but I will concede that his hard nosed logic has merits. In this case, however, where tolls are rising but public transit improvements are avoided, Christie missed a real opportunity to show leadership and ingenuity that benefits NJ residents and beyond.

Dec. 30 2011 03:34 PM
Eric Metzger from westfield Nj

Tax the working class and no one ( a fifty percent increase) and yet to reinstate a four percent tax for those making over one million a year. causes endless debate on the media. why do we as a country have no problem with this disparity?

Dec. 30 2011 11:21 AM

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