Commuters Outraged Over Port Authority Call For Major Toll And PATH Fare Hikes

If You Thought You Paid A Lot Before, Wait Until You See What Could Happen

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –– It was a Friday afternoon surprise and commuters were not happy. The Port Authority is seeking a massive $1 billion toll and train fare hike.

If they don’t win approval, completion of the World Trade Center and key upgrades at area bridges and airports might not happen. A $1 increase in PATH train fares is also being sought as part of a revenue raising plan the agency said it needs for an “infrastructure overhaul,” reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

The two-stage toll hike would affect the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing.

WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola With An Overview Of The Proposal

The Port Authority said that the additional revenue is necessary given the “historic economic recession” along with “billions in WTC and post 9-11 security costs.”

LINK: For Complete Details Of The Port Authority’s Proposals, Click Here

The release also outlined a number of the other proposed moves sought by the Port Authority:

  • Tolls for cars using E-ZPass on the Port Authority’s crossings would increase from $6 to $10 roundtrip for off-peak travel and from $8 to $12 in peak hours. An additional $2 increase during peak and off-peak hours will be implemented in 2014.
  • A cash toll surcharge of $3 to increase the cash rate from $8 to $15 in 2011 for the 25 percent of toll-payers who still use the cash system. The surcharge is expected to increase the E-ZPass market share to approximately 85 percent, which will reduce travel delays during the peak of traffic congestion by 10-20 minutes.  The surcharge will increase by an additional $2 in 2014.
  • Truck tolls per axle using E-ZPass off-peak would increase from $7 to $13 roundtrip and peak from $8 to $14, with an additional $2 per-axle-increase in 2014 for both off-peak and peak hours.  A similar cash surcharge of $3 per axle will be applied to trucks in 2011 that continue to use the optional cash system with an additional $2 per axle in 2014.
  • There will be no toll increase on trucks who cross during the overnight discount period and we will expand this overnight period an extra two hours each weekday night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m (previously 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.).  This will result in a 61% discount for a typical two-axle truck which will continue to pay $11 overnight as compared to the $28  toll in 2011 for the same truck using E-ZPass during the peak period.
  • Fully preserving the Staten Island Bridge Discount Plan for E-ZPass users, giving the frequent users a 50 percent toll discount on the peak E-ZPass toll.  In addition, qualified energy efficient vehicles with GreenPasses will see no toll increase during off-peak hours in 2011, and the car-poolers discount rate is preserved in 2011 with a 50 percent discount off the E-ZPass peak hour rate.  Both GreenPasses and carpoolers would see a $2 increase in 2014.

Veronica Vanterpool of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign said the epic toll hikes may be a necessary evil, to pay for new bus projects and much needed fixes for bridges, roads and airports.

But what alarms her is the PATH train part of this deal – a skyrocketing fare to $2.75 from the current $1.75; a 30-day unlimited to $89 from $54.

“We are concerned riders are being hit with a 57-percent increase. We would like to see that scaled back,” Vanterpool told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

“It’s a crazy hike,” added Jersey City PATH rider Keith Peasley. “It’s the only way to work. I’m gonna have to pay it.”

The Port Authority said the increased revenue is necessary for a number of projects, including replacement of suspender ropes on the George Washington Bridge ($1 billion), replacing the Lincoln Tunnel helix ($1.5 billion), raising the Bayonne Bridge ($1 billion) to alleviate a clearance problem for ships, building a new bus garage for the PA’s Bus Terminal ($800 million), and adding significant security investments for the regions airports, including barriers ($360 million).

Commuters are furious about the plan that will sock them with a series of steep increases.

“There’s nothing we can do.  I mean, we use it, we have to pay for it,” one woman told 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan. “That’s a lot of money,” she said.

“I think it’s outlandish to raise toll prices another $4, especially in this economic recession,” Jari Almonte of Milburn, N.J. told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

“I feel that is just outrageous to raise prices that high,” another driver told CBS 2’s Kramer.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan With Angry Commuters At The Holland Tunnel

The Port Authority also said that it will hold nine public hearings across New York and New Jersey.

Of course, any toll hike would require the approval of both New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  The PA’s board would have to vote on the proposals in two weeks.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

Comments

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  1. bill says:

    NYC welfare state, rich people and poor people, no room for the middle.

    There is no middle class, just a working class with no chance to better their life.

    the poor are breeding like rabbits to, good luck NY, glad i left you… living comfortably now.

    1. Mia says:

      I can’t believe them. They forget that there are students commuting from NJ to NY to get to class. They are SO evil ! they don’t care about the students!!

      i hope an angry mob forms and begins a riot. and i hope people just go on some kind of strike and NOT pay the tolls.

      1. Bill Laundry says:

        in order to try to stop the proposed toll hikes, there has beed a facebook page created for the benefit of all. Please like the page, forward to friends and family and hopefully we will be heared. Enough is Enough, just saying we gotta do something is not enough we got to actually do something. go to “say no to port authority toll hikes” COPY THE LINK BELOW http://www.facebook.com/pages/Say-NO-to-Port-Authority-toll-hike/254445777917724

  2. Bob Fowler says:

    The Roman Empire collapsed under the tax burden that it put on its citizens. As the empire grew, more and more taxes were required to support control over the newly conquered areas. The citizenry, while at first reaping great rewards from the new conquests, were soon buried under the tax burden needed to support their lavish lifestyle.

    Does any of this sound vaguely familiar? Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it.

  3. Vienna Joe says:

    The headline should read: “Chris Christie and Andy Cuomo Raise Taxes on the Middle Class” …

  4. Barbara Taileb says:

    Stop paying taxes and don’t vote next year, then maybe the government nazis will get the hint. I’m with Skipper block the bridges and don’t use mass transit. People in Egypt over turned their government this year, Greece over turned their taxes, so we can do it here..

    1. Satyam says:

      Chris Christie and Andy Cuomo; people will show response on next election…. hell out.
      People in Egypt over turned their government this year, Greece over turned their taxes, India is currently on Fire for Curruption with 74 year old leader. so we have to do the same way.
      stop feeding Pakistan and other countries…. please.
      we will killed by this hike…cant pay this toll…. definately we have to change our work place…..

  5. SKIPPER says:

    TO THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK JANUARY 1 2012 IS A GOOD TIME TO DUE WHAT THE PEOPLE IN GREECE DID. COME OUT IN THE STREETS AND PROTEST THESE RATE HIKES. BLOCK THE BRIDGES AND TUNNELS WITH CARS AND TRUCKS AND ALL THE STREETS. AND DEMAND THE PRICES DECREASE OR NO ONE MOVES.ONE OR TWO DAYS SHOULD DUE THE TRICK. LETS BRING BACK THE AMERICA WE ALL KNEW AND SHOW THE STATES AND GOVERNMENT WHO THEY REALLY WORK FOR . S T A N D U P A M E R I C A ONE NATION UNDER GOD!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Bill Laundry says:

      in order to try to stop the proposed toll hikes, there has beed a facebook page created for the benefit of all. Please like the page, forward to friends and family and hopefully we will be heared. Enough is Enough, just saying we gotta do something is not enough we got to actually do something. go to “say no to port authority toll hikes” COPY AND PASTE LINK BELOW http://www.facebook.com/pages/Say-NO-to-Port-Authority-toll-hike/254445777917724

      1. alex says:

        dude “liking” a facebook page is not a petiation and will do nothing like all the other facebook pages like this. STOP WASTING PEOPLES TIME

  6. michaelfury says:

    Speaking of “billions in WTC and post 9-11 security costs”, will the GWB toll hike deter these guys?

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2008/08/18/movers-and-shakers/

  7. Carl says:

    People that live in NJ should find jobs in NJ and people that live in NYC should find jobs in NYC. It’s time for people to say enough is enough. The middle class should go on strike and shut down the economy. Send a message to the idiots in government that they can only push people so far.

    1. sasha says:

      you are clueless

  8. brooklynese says:

    Please DOn’t try this at home. They are professional looters.

  9. Night driver says:

    Every NYC TAXI CAB driver pays at least at least $90 MTA TAX per week and thats only for one shift. just imagine how many Taxi Cabs out there. I know it is good to pay the taxes as it enhances city services but WHY ONLY US ? why not for every commercial driver ? we dont get free ezpass from mta neither free mta metro card? then WHY ONLY US ? and so called Taxi ALLIANCE a proxy of TLC and along with other corporations (5% credit card fee on every transaction) working togather to crush taxi drivers in a most deceptive way possible.

    1. fedup says:

      It’s not only taxi drivers. I have a dump truck company and must pay the same tax.

  10. Skipper says:

    In time most of the middle class will have moved out of NY .So all of the wealthy people left here will have to fix their own bridges and roads and transportation problems themselves What the rich get there hands dirty? There will be no skilled labor left in NY. REMEMBER THE MOVIE ESCAPE FROM NY? Move out people you will build your life and a city els where. It`s amazing how many other small cities and towns are cheaper. If numbers of people start moving into smaller towns and cities it will be amazing how these places will grow and grow faster than NY. You don`t have much to loose now. your going broke living here.I moved and my life got better and I`m not rich believe me. It`s amazing what you can due when you dry and when your down. Let NY fall.Ne

    1. pulseps says:

      true…
      let them know… we dont want to pay hike.

  11. Glojo says:

    The Billion dollar shortfall is from things like benefits packages for employees of MTA, contract money paid out to contractors who don’t do anything and “consulting fees” paid out to hucksters who are chummy with whatever administration is in office at a given time. We are paying for the corruption of the organization.

  12. Bob Fowler says:

    As a salesman who regularly needs to use the bridges and tunnels, I applaud the possibility of limiting the number of cars cross daily, but the fact is, no matter how much they charge, people will whine, but they will still drive, one to a car.

    The problem is that commuters are too stupid and too self serving to ever consider being inconvenienced by having to travel with anyone else. Their time is too valuable to have to wait 15 minutes to leave, or need to be ready 15 minutes earlier. Can you imagine how horrible it would be to not be able to leave on demand? The government knows this, and they are going to bleed you dry based upon it.

    Carpools and public transportation are for the lower class, and until you realize that this is where you belong, you will have to pay for the privilege of being important.

    1. Tim says:

      Bob …. the fewer people use the bridge the more they will hike to tolls!!

    2. Bob Fowler says:

      True Tim, but if the increase is spread over 4 in a car, it won’t hurt as much, parking will be less per person, and traffic and travel will be reduced. The only reason that we don’t do it, is because it will not be convenient to the ‘me first’ attitude that is common throughout society. Can you imagine getting out of work, and having to wait 45 minutes for someone else? The humanity!!!

      1. alex says:

        i dont want 4 people in my car, its my f.ing car, if i want stranges next to me i would rather take a bus.

  13. Richard Allen says:

    This seems VERY REASONABLE………….we need Prime time pricing……We as Americans Work TOO MUCH M-F 9-5 and jam up all our resources….they are bursting at the seams…we need to time shift work anyway.

    So to offer big nighttime discounts to trucks and to cars using ez pass seems like a fair way to keep your azzzz out of the city and to lessen those 45 min to an hour traffic jams

    So DON’T drive during those times…what is the problem?

  14. Howie Sprague says:

    Both New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed off on the toll hikes. These two big proponents of ‘death before taxing the wealthiest 2% of Americans’ cheerfully signed off on yet more taxes for working class commuters who must use these tunnels & bridges daily. These two inept gov.’s should streamline the top leadership of the P.A. weeding out ALL those appointed due to political favors & nepotism & cut the salaries of the remaining leaders to a realistic salary, possibly comparable to that of N.Y.C. Sanitation Commissioner. Also end all perks (chauffeurs, take home cars, etc.). The P.A. of N.Y. & N.J. has been a poster child for wasteful spending for many years, we in the middle class (the folks who foot the bill for the rich folks) can’t afford the Port Authority. BTW, Christie & Cuomo will tax the middle class, the elderly & disabled to death while protecting the wealthy of these two states.

  15. Sorry MTA, I’m not interesting in paying for more surveillance camera systems, radiation detectors, weapons sensors and listening devices or contributing extra money for your New World Order! I’m not interested in paying for a building to rebuild that the government conspired to blow up. Why don’t you follow the U.S. Constitution instead leave the people alone and stop gauging us with rate hikes?! You’re going to turn the NY Metro area into a ghost town if you keep this up!

  16. fugxu says:

    Good grief…what a joke, lol. We the middle class bleed green.

  17. AVN says:

    MTA is a leech on the body of New York City.

  18. mary says:

    I like the idea! finally nyc jobs will be for NYC residents

    1. fadi says:

      who said that the millions of comuters work in ny , there is schools , family friends and night life in nyc that people travel for . so keep your ideas and thoughts for yourself , your embarresing

  19. shd says:

    Perhaps if the Governors of NY and NJ do not automatically rubber stamp this outrageous request, but first insist that the PA do a top to bottom to see where they can save money BEFORE they ask the public for more, most of this toll hike can be averted. When will the governors ever demand that the PA function in a cost effective manner and not just keep asking for higher tolls and fees from the public? This endless cycle of rising tolls and incompetent management has to end, Our governors are the only ones who can force the PA to live within means and to operate in a frugal and cost effective manner.

  20. Mal says:

    Do you know why the port authority has limited funds… ask your governor.. the PA has always been a private piggy bank to NY and NJ Governors since it’s interception. PA funds are only from tolls.. airports and ship fees. They lose 100mil+ on PATH alone. PA funds many rehabilitation projects outside of there jurisdiction because your elected officials “ask” them to.
    http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/08/05/amid-christie-and-cuomo-raids-port-authority-plans-huge-fare-and-toll-hike/

  21. SEV says:

    MAN I CANT AFFORD TO LIVE IN THE CITY I WAS BORN IN. NOBODY HAS JOBS AND THEY WANT TO RAISE THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING.NOT BY A LITTLE BIT BUT 50% MORE AND OVER. ONLY THE RICH AND POOR CAN LIVE IN NYC NO MORE MIDDLE WORKING CLASS.

  22. Leonard says:

    $2.75 for a system with a grand total of 13 stations is freaking ridiculous

  23. JD says:

    WHY are they building FOUR World Trade Center buildings? They already did 7 WTC and 1 WTC is enough. They didn’t need 2, 3 and 4 WTC. Waste of money! People do not know how to save money, and a lot of them run businesses and are in politics! Unbelievable.

  24. Jhon Jhon J. says:

    This is insane , who cares about their projects WTC.give me a break ,you people are crazy not only we can put bread on the table .This is the new generation ‘s American Dream ,more tolls less money ,less jobs less life .Welcome to the new America .In the first place it should be no tolls at all .Why don’t we just fence New York .

  25. Frank N Footer says:

    How did the Port Authority come up with a $1 billion dollar price tag to replace just the suspension cables alone????!?!? You might as well build a brand new bridge right next to the GW for the same price.

    What’s the deal with $1.5 billion dollars with the Lincoln Tunnel Helix? How does the Port Authority put a price that high for such a project? Ohh…I get it..$500 million alone is just paying mismanagement, replacing shoddy work and massive overtime to unionized workers who start doing their work at the end of their 8 hour shift.

    This is all such a waste of money…..

  26. Ayanna Beattie says:

    When commuting is your only way to work, especially in this recession, WHY do they see it necessary to raise prices NOW when no one has the extra money and is cutting corners simply to get through their day?

  27. Richie says:

    Thats why I left NYC back in 1984. Moved to the metro Atlanta area where taxes and ulitities are alot cheaper including housing.. What advantage do you have living in NYC anyway? Get out while you can, the GW bridge has been paid for many times over. You have a choice, all the crying won’t help.

    1. Very conservative says:

      Atlanta? Canada sound better. More hockey teams and players.

  28. BC says:

    MTA and Port Authority are two separate entities.

    To the Port Authority, if you didn’t pay your police officers $100k+ per year with generous benefits and retirement packages, we wouldn’t have this problem. To those who think the unions are NOT a problem, take a look at what the biggest rising cost is for the Port Authority: health care and pension contributions.

  29. WHAT A SHAME!!!!!!! says:

    WAKE UP ALL NYC YOUR GOV IS NOTHING BUT A GROUP OF PEOPLE (POLITICIANS AND THE RICH) IN ORGANIZED POLITICAL ARENA MAKING MONEY OF EVERYONE……!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    IT IS WAY PAST TIME THAT EVERYONE REVOLTED AND GOT ANGRY AND ORGANIZED AND CREATE REAL CHAOS ALL OVER AND DISOBEYED ALL RULES, LAWS AND BOYCOTT EVERYTHING UNTIL POLITICIANS LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE AND GOTTEN THEIR HEADS OUT OF THEIR #%$%^$$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. I live in NYC and I’m with you! Time for a revolution! I am revolting against Bloomberg’s sodomite authoritarian regime!

  30. LSC says:

    Another blow to the disappearing middle class.

  31. tom says:

    i dont drive. Thank God. But i do take path and its not worth the money i am paying for it now. I send them letter after letter and they don”t have the common courtesy to answer any of my letters what a disgrace.

  32. PlentyOfIgnoranceHere says:

    The Port Authority is not government run, nor does it have anything to do with the MTA. It’s technically a private entity. Unionized government employees and their pensions have nothing to do with it. The shipping industry won’t pay for the Bayonne Bridge. They will just send their ships to another port. The Port Authority has very little public accountability, unfortunately. The last increase, from $6 to $8 was allegedly to help pay for the WTC project. Apparently it wasn’t enough.

  33. Jerry says:

    Over 50% of MTA workes recieve their pensions tax free due to their claims of disability,which are always approved.Then they get early ss?
    The fraud here is unconnscionable and left unchecked.
    Then because of this they must over and over raise tolls and fares

    1. iggy says:

      your facts are skewered. you sound like the typical anti-union nazi-republikan listening to a fear-mongering radio host’s ravings. the sad thing is you believe it as gospel.

  34. liz says:

    SURELY YOU JEST!! EVERYTHING IS SO CORRUPT!! TOO BAD NEW YORK IS GOING DOWNHILL!! WHO THE HELL COULD AFFORD TO LIVE HERE ANYMORE!! JUST NOT WORTH IT!! IT’S A SHAME!!
    MY HUSBAND AND I ARE READY TO PACK UP AND LEAVE!! TOO MUCH AGGRAVATION!! NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP US HERE ANYMORE, IT’S TIME TO LEAVE!!

  35. Jerseyboy says:

    This all falls on Bloomberg that crook. my parents came to this country they said the GWB was only $2 to cross and that once the bridge was paid for the fees would be suspended. i’m not going to read the entire article because all i needed to see was a increase in toll for me to realize that Bloomberg and his cronies are behind this. just like he made the argument when he hike it up to $8 that it would reduce the traffic in manhattan. Who voted for that guy? the amount of money they make on the GWB in one day is ridiculous; how can these people be so damn greedy. Only a crook and a thief could buy a third term and walk around like he’s the savor of New York. $12 seriously. I could careless about the world trade center. New York is losing money because everyone is either moving to NJ or head south. It’s called being bitter. F NY it’s the reason the world is in disarray.

    1. Carol Sepe Fountaine says:

      While I can agree that Bloomberg cares very little about the middle class, he can’t be blamed for this mess. The Port Authority is a bi-state entity. It is run by a private corporation overseen by the governors office of New York and New Jersey.

  36. Jay says:

    Great ! we have the infrastructure of the rich and famous.

  37. RfB says:

    How could it possibly cost a billion dollars to change the steel rope suspenders to the George Washington Bridge? Another billion to make the Bayonne higher? Maybe the shipping industry pay to help make the ports fit the giant ships?

  38. Bob Fowler says:

    They said taxes wouldn’t go up, and they are keeping their word. They didn’t say that they wouldn’t take more of our money. Until you are willing to do without some of the government handouts, or lose unionized government employees, someone has to pay for it. Everything costs more, and takes more of our money, but we don’t get any more money.

  39. Jay says:

    This is so f@cked up!!

  40. JOSH SUCKS says:

    F’ENNING THIEVES!

  41. Aaron says:

    People of new York and new jersey, it is time to throw in the towel….Every year there is an increase on something, MTA tolls, MTA subway fares, PA NY/NJ tolls…and we stomp our feet and get angry but the useless politciians do squat about it..except line their pockets of course…

    THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE YOU HAVE IS TO LEAVE THE NYC METRO AREA..TIME TO GO SOUTH OR WEST…. 1.6 million people have fled NY State and been replaced with illegal aliens who have nothing else to do exccept extend their hand out for some entitlement…

    U MUST LEAVE NY …..YOU DONT HAVE A CHOICE ANYMORE IF U ARE MIDDLE CLASS

  42. cindy says:

    we stay home, grow chickens,potatoes,tomatoes,corn etc etc,
    then rats, deers,bears etc will come and extinguish us !

  43. Ellen says:

    Same thing happening here in New England. Hiking up the tolls big time.

  44. luis says:

    por taxi drivers collecting .50 cents for mta

  45. 484nyc says:

    Welcome To Obama Land…..You People Voted For It….Change You Can Believe In.

    1. max says:

      You have a chance next yr-if you have a better one!!!????

      1. rushnyc says:

        Elmer Fudd Has More Sense. Also, Elmer Is Not An Inexperienced, Socialist, Pompous, Arrogant Buffoon. Who’s Bringing The USA To, ‘The United States Of Greece’ You Are Obviously Living Off The Government, Or Just A Clueless Liberal.

    2. JD says:

      They all suck. But people will still vote for a Republican or a Democrat, because people are lazy and don’t care about independents, because it would cause them to do actual research. They pick a party and stick with it. There should be NO parties, so you HAVE to vote for the individual. These candidates only cater to their party and the billionaires who fund them. Notice how Ron Paul, who goes against his own party often, gets no play in the media. He tends to be the most individual and people ignore him because of it.

      Be rational and blame them ALL, not just one guy(aka Bush or Obama). Saying “Bush is to blame” or “Liberals are to blame” is irrational and stupid…blame ALL the politicians we have right now. And you know what, even regular people are to blame.

      1. All you say JD I agree with ! Ron Paul for President in 2012! Throw out the bums!

  46. Peter says:

    Lets just make it an even $20 to cross the bridge then they won’t come and lose all the revenue people would spend in the city!!!! I hate Bloomberg and the MTA.
    Lets keep the pensions for the lazy a$$ toll collectors and the MTA workers!!!

  47. max says:

    ONLY NJ is affected …strange, very,very strange.
    We will stay home, I personally cannot effort the tolls as is
    SHAME !

    1. JOSH SUCKS says:

      HOW IS ONLY NJ AFFECTED? YOU DON’T PAY COMING BACK TO NY!

  48. Momma says:

    This is INSANE! The ones who gave this a thought should foot the bill themselves. The average NYer is just barely getting by, with job losses constantly happening…..and now this? Ttax the wealthy instead!

    1. max says:

      you are kidding ?
      they cover each other backs !
      not the potholes, the dirt,theaters are expensive,restaurants are closing……….

  49. Friend says:

    This is crazy!

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