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Tolls Rise On NY-NJ Port Authority Crossings Despite AAA Lawsuit

Friday, November 30, 2012 - 06:47 PM

Drivers at Hudson River crossings will be forking over more money to toll takers like this one. (photo by Danny Guy / Flickr)

(New York, NY - WNYC) Tolls on Port Authority bridges and tunnels are going up this weekend. Starting 3 am on Sunday, cash tolls will rise by a dollar to $13 at the George Washington Bridge, Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, and the three bridges connecting Staten Island to New Jersey.

Off peak E-ZPass rates for cars will increase 75 cents to $8.25. Peak rates will go from $9.50 to $10.25

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey last raised tolls in September, 2011, and plans to raise them again next December. The authority says it needs the money to rebuild the World Trade Center, increase security at its facilities and make repairs like replacing the cables on the George Washington Bridge.

The Automobile Association of America (AAA), remains devoted to rolling back the hikes through a federal lawsuit that argues too much of the Port Authority's budget goes to projects that don't benefit motorists, like the $11 billion cost of rebuilding the World Trade Center.

AAA further claims everyone gets hurt when a trucker paying cash during rush hour has to fork over $75 to cross the George Washington Bridge, because the cost gets passed on to consumers. The association says drivers shoulder an unfair share of the cost of transportation through tolls, a gas tax and various fees. The lawsuit is ongoing.

In September, the ort Authority raised the PATH train fare by a quarter, to $2.25 per trip. The authority plans three more raises of a quarter between now and 2015. Some riders can't take the PATH train no matter how much they're willing to pay: service to and from Hoboken has been down since Sandy.

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Comments [7]

upset from nyc

US new yorkers are being ripped off big time by the city with these toll hikes. we all need to stop using those tunnels and bridges till they lower their price again. We united could do a lot lets stop the abuse from this rich dogs.

Nov. 28 2013 10:12 PM
Ed B

Lets get back to the sole reason the PA was created; to manage transportation in the bi-state area. It was never designed to build office buildings or government monuments. I will assure you if the money from tolls was going strictly to transportation issues the PA would be flush with cash. Also, the board needs to be staffed with competent engineering/accounting/business type of people, not paper editors.

Feb. 07 2013 11:36 AM
Mr. B

I agree with Fran - WAKE UP AMERICANS AND SMELL... WE ARE BEING HERDED" - what rebuilding WTC has got to do with toll hikes??? - WTC is being rebuilt with insurance and government (READ OUR) money!!! PA has already sold it, got the money and now is simply using its dirtiest trick ever to make US pay twice for the tragedy we all went through... WAKE UP AMERICA, WAKE UP!!!

Jan. 23 2013 10:33 PM
Bernie Goetz

I live in the city and don't own a car, but cars and trucks are important to NYC, more important than bikes, you know. If you don't want congestion and pollution, get rid of street fairs on major streets. Street construction and Con-Ed jobs could work 24 hours. Changing streets to pedestrian malls is dumb. Don't have bike lanes adjacent to the sidewalk. Drivers are not paying a congestion fee with the higher tolls - the money is for the WTC site and not for general revenue.

Dec. 11 2012 01:02 AM
Matthias

I think the point about tolls going to the WTC is a fair one, but as for drivers paying an "unfair" share, drivers actually impose an unfair burden on the rest of us through congestion and pollution. The price should be based on that rather than on PA finances. I'm not sure what the ideal number would be, but I like Sam Schwartz's ideas:
http://samschwartz.com/Portals/0/PDF/ETF110812.pdf

Dec. 03 2012 11:14 AM
Bernie Goetz

The PA has screwed up its core mission of transportation so it could concentrate on the WTC, which it has totally screwed up. The workmanship at the WTC is very good but the plans are garbage. When its done the project won't even be practical or nice. Many people realize this except apparently the PA doesn’t; lately some PA people have been crowing about the WTC, “Only the PA could have done this.” These costly fools shouldn’t be running anything but change isn’t on the horizon. Cuomo just appointed a newspaper publisher to the PA board; thats the kind of leadership they need. The public would have been much better off if in 2003 or 2004 the PA gave away the site for nothing to a responsible entity. We would have had a much better project that would have cost the public nothing.

Dec. 01 2012 09:25 AM
Fran

How is it possible that people have lost their homes and businesses and tolls keep being increased? How about we stop paying our public servants pensions and lifetime insurance that is costing us all money we don't have. WAKE UP AMERICANS AND SMELL THE COFFEE! We are being herded like cows, slaughtered without even a fight.

Nov. 30 2012 11:29 PM

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