New Jersey's New Tolls

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Mike Frassinelli, transportation reporter for the Star-Ledger, discusses the new toll hikes that took place on January 1st on New Jersey's roads. Garden State drivers: How are the tolls affecting you? Are your driving habits already changing?

Comments [10]

Phifer Fuqua from Bradley Beach

Just did a quick search and found that there have been more than a half-dozen stories about the toll increase each in the Star-Ledger, the Bergen Record and the Asbury Park Press. The New York Post, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Associated Press and various small daily and weekly newspapers around New Jersey have covered the issue. Channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 11 in New York, 3, 6 and 29 in Philadelphia and News12 New Jersey have all done multiple stories. The all-news radio stations in New York and Philadelphia have aired stories about the toll increase, and New Jersey 101.5 has spent entire days talking about it. Exactly what media are you consuming, MarkM?

Jan. 04 2012 04:42 PM

suply and demand more people are driving into philly on the DRPAs bridges than cross on the burlington bridges

Jan. 04 2012 12:04 PM
Jason Carey from ny

Another tax on the working people and poor.. the rich don't care or notice any tolls.

Jan. 04 2012 11:58 AM
RBC from NYC

To the last caller who stated that the trucking industry should bear the cost of the tolls: That cost will be passed on to us! Those trucks carry goods that consumers buy. If the cost of transportation of these goods goes up, then so will the price of goods on retail shelves.

Jan. 04 2012 11:58 AM

I agree with Mark M. Gov. Christie halts the Hudson River train tunnel project after the contracts have been signed and the work begins and receives accolades for his efforts. Now that toll hikes are in effect, he throws up his hands and blames his predecessor.

Jan. 04 2012 11:58 AM
Gene Smith from s Jersey

Christie's little rate increase is NOTHING compared to the The Delaware River Port Athority scandal!

Ed Rendel et all have a nice little slush fund to use as they widh.

We have the DRPAs bridges at $5.00-

The Burlington County Bridges cross the same river for TWO BUCKS!

The DRPA is in need of a housecleaning!

Jan. 04 2012 11:58 AM
Graham from Bronx

Since taxes are a percentage of whatever (income, cost, etc) and a toll is a flat absolute fee, taxes compensate automatically with inflation, however, fees have to be increased on a regualr basic to compensate for inflation, therefore this should not be called a tax increase.

Jan. 04 2012 11:53 AM
tom scalora from NWNJ

No it is not a tax it is a user fee. A tax would be automatically taken from you or be mandated that you pay it even if you don't use the road. If you don't use the road you don't pay the fee.

Jan. 04 2012 11:51 AM
Mark M from Ocean Grove

I am amazed at how little press this major hike got. And at how the Governor again gets a free pass, and still looks like a hero to the right wing.
If this was a Democratc governor raising the tolls this drastically, you would have seen a [manufactured] grass roots movement to protest, probably with calls for impeachment.
So much, yet again, for the so-called 'liberal media.'

Jan. 04 2012 11:49 AM

in recent trips to south jersey 'ive seen they are adding lanes to the turnpike. will this lessen traffic or increase it? why not add more buses and trains? why is the gas tax so low in nj?

Jan. 04 2012 11:03 AM

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