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Port Authority’s New Budget Holds Line On Tolls

The George Washington Bridge is seen from the Fort Lee Historic Park - Fort Lee, NJ - Sep 29, 2010 - Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

The George Washington Bridge is seen from the Fort Lee Historic Park – Fort Lee, NJ – Sep 29, 2010 – Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

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WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (AP / WCBS 880/ 1010 WINS) – Motorists won’t face higher tolls at Port Authority bridges and tunnels in the coming year. However, they may find it frustrating entering the Lincoln Tunnel in New Jersey.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Tuesday approved a $7.2 billion budget that holds the line on tolls and will eliminate 200 jobs through attrition next year.

Commissioners approved a $98.1 million project to rehabilitate the helix leading to the Lincoln Tunnel. Plans call for reinforcing and resurfacing the seven-lane roadway beginning next fall. The work is expected to end by 2015.

Lane closures are expected.

The budget also calls for spending $247 million for new PATH rail cars and a signal system.

Some $595 million that was earmarked for the rail tunnel project that was scuttled by Gov. Chris Christie remains unspent.

The Port Authority operates the Lincoln Tunnel, George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, Goethels Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, and Outerbridge Crossing. It also operates the PATH rail system.

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