Bridge Tolls Increase For Third Consecutive Year

moneySTATE – On Sunday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey raised tolls on Hudson River crossings for the third year in a row.

Commuters driving to work over the Gothals and Bayonne bridges and the Outerbridge Crossing this morning paid $11 if they use E-ZPass, 75 cents more than they did last week. The off-peak E-ZPass rate increased to $9. The toll remains $13 for motorists who pay cash.

Truck drivers face a steeper increase – vehicles or towing combinations with six or more axles now pay $84 if they use E-Z Pass during peak hours or $78 during non-peak hours, up from $72 and $66, respectively.

“Sunday’s Port Authority toll hike is the third of five, which will end up resulting in a 50% toll increase at a time of stagnant wages and negligible inflation. It comes from an agency whose management has been described as dysfunctional, that operates with minimal accountability and no transparency, and that has lost sight of what it means to serve the public,” said Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), chair of the Assembly’s transportation committee.

“This is an agency that needs to open its books and its operations to public scrutiny if it has any hope of regaining public confidence. If it doesn’t, it may well be time for Congress to reassess the authority it granted to the agency when it created it nearly one hundred years ago.”

Further toll hikes are scheduled to go into effect in 2014 and 2015.

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