STATE — The next time you drive to New York City, make sure you bring a few extra bucks. It now costs $12 to drive over the George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing or through the Holland or Lincoln tunnels.
The $4 toll increase is needed to raise money to pay to rebuild the World Trade Center site in Manhattan. In addition to managing bridges and tunnels, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey also owns the land that was occupied by the office complex destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Port Authority Executive Director Christopher Ward, has called the increases “absolutely necessary,” and officials note that the funds will also help pay for maintenance of tunnels, bridges and other transportation infrastructure.
The Automobile Association of America made a last-ditch attempt to block the toll hikes, which took affect on Sunday. AAA urged the U.S. Department of Transportation to stop the increase, accusing the Port Authority of misusing funds that AAA says are only supposed to be used for transportation. “In this case, it’s going into a speculative office development,” said Marta Genovese, the vice president of legal affairs for AAA.
AAA spokesman Robert Sinclair described the toll hike as “an egregious example of the motorists getting ripped off.”
The tolls will continue to rise through 2015, when a trip to New York City will cost a cash-paying driver $15. Motorists can save some money by using E-ZPass, but those rates also went up and will continue to rise through 2015.
For full details of the new tolls, visit http://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/tolls.html
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