Next Phase Of Toll Hikes To Take Effect On Port Authority Bridges, Tunnels


holland-tunnel-tollsDriving across Port Authority bridges and tunnels is about to get more expensive.

The cash toll the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing will increase $1 to $13.

The price for E-ZPass users will go from $9.50 to $10.25 during peak commuting hours and from $7.50 to $8.25 during off-peak hours.

Many drivers weren’t happy to hear the news this morning.

“My E-ZPass every month is about $440,” one man said. “That’s the commute. It’s not parking, it’s not gas – it’s ridiculous.”

“It’s going to be too much for everybody,” said a cab driver. “We’re just going to suffer.”

The revenue is supposed to be funding maintenance on bridges, roads and tunnels, but AAA has claimed the cash is going toward unrelated real estate projects like the World Trade Center.

In September, an independent audit said the toll hikes were necessary to maintain the Port Authority’s transportation infrastructure and fund capital projects.

AAA filed a lawsuit last year calling the increases “unprecedented and unlawful.”

This latest fare hike goes into effect at 3 a.m. Sunday.

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