Area Residents Sound Off Ahead Of Port Authority Hearings On Proposed Toll Hikes

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Port Authority will hold nine public hearings Tuesday on the subject of its proposed toll and fare hikes announced earlier this month.

However, New York and New Jersey residents started weighing in on the matter as soon as word of an increase came to light.

LINK: Find A Public Hearing Near You

“The recession is still crippling people and people just simply can’t afford it. People shouldn’t choose between driving over a bridge and buying a meal for their family,” one Staten Island resident told 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg.

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Among the most significant aspects of the proposed hike is a $4 toll increase for the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing.

PATH riders are also faced with the possibility of seeing a $1 increase on fares. Those who purchase a monthly pass, could end up paying $89, up from the current $54.

Those numbers have area residents asking what the Port Authority is really doing with all the money they currently collect.

“Totally insane. It’s insane before they’re making the changes. Now, it’s a lot,” another Staten Island resident said.

The Port Authority said that the additional revenue is necessary to pay for new bus projects and much-needed fixes for bridges, roads and airports.

Last week, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported that the proposed fare increases would not ultimately end up being as high as first thought.

Some Advocates Say The Proposed Hikes Are Too High. WCBS 880’s Levon Putney Reports.

Sources said the increases may end up being only half of what was initially made public. Those sources said the higher rate was only asked for as part of a carefully orchestrated political ballet to give Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie political cover for approving any hike at all.

The hearings on the proposals will take places in various locations in New Jersey and New York on Tuesday. Members of the public are encouraged to pre-register online or by calling 212-435-6916.

Those planning to attend may also register at the hearing locations, but those pre-registered will be given an opportunity to speak first. Comments will be limited to three minutes, according to the Port Authority website.

SOUND-OFF: Are you headed to one of the public hearings? Do you think the fare increases will ultimately become a reality? Tell us in the comments section…

  • frank favale

    (fate schifo )
    pa tax going up gas is up and pa spend to much . wake up america!

  • Disgusted NJ Resident

    The increases are should not be given. Where do they think drivers/commuters are going to find the money to pay these increases. I don’t understand why drivers are being asked to foot the cost of rebuilding the Word Trade Center! Isn’t that what the insurance money was for?

  • GREG


  • Vito

    NYC is now for the rich and the poor. If you’re middle class, better move out before you slip in to poverty. And it will happen. I’m on my way out. Can’t live here anymore. Im not rich and not poor either. I like to keep it that way.

    • lydiass

      Staten islanders have no other choice but to pay ever higher tolls; there’s no place we can go without going over a bridge. I am a 26 years old nurse, young and beautiful. Now I am seeking an older gentle man who can give me real love , so i got a username Annababe2011 on—a’ge’l’es’s’da’te. C óM—it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and older men, or older women and younger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck it out or tell your friends.

  • Hani Jereis

    Tolls collected by Port Authority of NY/NJ:

    George Washington Bridge-$8.00
    Lincoln tunnel -$8.00
    Holland tunnel -$8.00
    Verrazano Bridge $13.00
    Goethals Bridge-$8.00
    Bayonne Bridge-$8.00
    RFK Bridge $6.50 each one way
    Troggs neck $6.50 each one way
    white stone $6.50 each one way
    Brooklyn battery $6.50 each one way
    Henry Hudson bridge $4 one way.

    something is wrong with NYS budget and you as governor and Attorney General should investigate. Question is where is all this money going, and they want to increase toll where the economy is bleak at this time. there are several CASH lanes and rest is EZPASS and we still sit in traffic, roads are terrible. The State must look into this! I was told 100,000 cars cross the GW daily which equals to $800,000 per day, with these tolls collect we should have a surplus, and this is not including the casinos which is destroying my neighborhood (Empire City) in Yonkers, property taxes, payroll taxes, etc

    As Governor, I urge you to take action on the proposed Port Authority toll hikes on bridges and tunnels between New York and New Jersey. These new toll increases represent a shocking and unprecedented imposition on drivers. The proposed increases constitute an unbelievable and outrageous 50% increase for peak E-Z Pass users to $12 and a more than 85% hike for cash customers to $15.

    As Governor, you have the power to directly veto Port Authority toll hikes.

    The toll hikes could also have the unintended effect of diverting thousands of commuters to other routes such as the Tappan Zee Bridge, a facility already carrying far more traffic than it was designed to.

    As you know, New York area drivers already see an enormous amount of their money diverted to the general budget or mass transit-related projects.
    Surcharges on tickets, licenses and vehicle registrations, taxes on gasoline and major percentages of intra-city bridge and tunnel toll revenues are used to fund the MTA. The state Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund has seen only one-third of its $33 billion spent on road-related projects. All this while the majority of roads and bridges in our region are rated fair or poor. While most drivers accept some degree of transit subsidization, they should not be asked to bear the burden of paying for the Port Authority’s ambitious capital plans.

    I urge you to promptly veto the latest proposal by the Port Authority.


    Hani Jereis

    • Warren Mercer

      @Hani Jereis

      Next time, do a little research so you don’t sound ignorant. You list 11 crossings under “Tolls collected by the Port Authority” in your latter, but SIX of them (more than half!!) are NOT run by the Port Authority. Check to find out which ones.

  • JustSaying

    Nothing but a shell game. Ask for 4.00 and settle for 2.00 – everyone will think they got over on the Authority but they will have gotten what they want. But just wait a bit..they’ll be back to take another bite of the ‘Big Apple’. Transit authorities have a way of putting their hand in the taxpayers pockets, time and time again.

  • Bill

    Love it keep going take whatever you can get people are suckers.

  • Albert Lopez

    I live in New Jersey and work in New York, now I pay taxes in both states I use the GWB and the Whitestone Bridge. GWB $ 8.00 Whitestone $ 6,50 one way. So now I pay $21.00 a day for 6 days. With the $ 4.00 dollars more in the GWB will be, GWB $ 12.00 and $ 13.00 for the Whitestone total $ 25.00 a day. I better move out of the state.

    • Lawn-Guy Land

      Move to Queens or Nassau and you can skip BOTH tolls.

  • brian

    All of this wasteful spending and creative accounting techniques that caused the PortAuth to go over-budget (and that’s just on the WTC project) is supposed to keep people from moving away from NYC? I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to leave! where’s all that TARP money for our infrastructure?

  • gjk

    Staten islanders have no other choice but to pay ever higher tolls; there’s no place we can go without going over a bridge.

    Whatever happened to Staten Islanders seceeding from the city?

  • ted

    Pay for the airport improvements with a surcharge on airline ticket fares. The people using the facility should pay, not the driver going over a bridge.

  • tim

    Oh, this will pass common commuter has no say. PA cops are paid VERY handsome wage and benefit. Both governors ought to curb jurisdiction at Newark and JFK airports.

  • Soap

    Don’t forget to save some money for that statue in the river. 225mil to be exact.

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