STATE – It’s going to get more expensive for drivers to travel to New York this weekend. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is raising tolls on all of its bridges and tunnels between the two states starting Sunday.
Commuters who pay cash will see tolls jump from $8 to $12. Those who use E-ZPass will pay another $1.50 – rates will increase to $7.50 during off-peak periods and $9.50 for peak travel. Truck drivers using E-ZPass will pay an extra $2 per axle; those using cash will pay an additional $5 per axle above the current rates.
The toll increases taking effect this weekend are the first phase of an annual plan that continues through 2015. When the rate hikes are fully implemented, the cash toll for cars will be $15 and the peak E-ZPass toll will be $12.50.
PATH train fares are also going up on Sunday, from $1.75 to $2. The fare will continue to rise until it reaches $2.75 in 2014.
The authority says that the increases are necessary to maintain infrastructure and fund a $10 billion capital program.