New Jersey – If you spend a lot of time driving on the NJ Turnpike or the Garden State Parkway, be prepared to spend a lot more money. Starting January 1, tolls will increase 53 percent on the Turnpike, and 50 percent on the Parkway. The increase is the second phase of a toll increase approved under Gov. Jon Corzine in 2008. The first phase went into effect in December of that year.
The average passenger vehicle toll will rise from $2.20 to $3.30 on the Turnpike and 70 cents to $1.05 on the Parkway. The average truck toll will increase from $7.95 to $12.15 on the Turnpike and $1.40 to $2.15 on the Parkway.
The state says the revenue is not being used for operating costs but for funding the New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s $7 billion capital program and other transportation projects. The work will also create thousands of private sector jobs, the state claims.