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Buses Face Toll Hikes At Port Authority Hudson River Crossings

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Port Authority Bus Terminal - New York, NY - Aug 15, 2003 - Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Port Authority Bus Terminal (file/credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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PARAMUS, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Bus companies are facing higher costs when new tolls take effect at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Hudson River crossings on Sept. 18.

NJ Transit and Paramus-based Coach USA will pay $10 per bus instead of $4. The amount will increase to $13 by 2014.

Mahwah-based ShortLine Bus president George Grieve told The Record newspaper he spends about $300,000 per year in tolls to send buses from New York State and along Route 17 through Bergen County to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Grieve says that cost is going up to $800,000.

NJ Transit estimates bus tolls will more than double to $8.6 million.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Penny Bassett Hackett told the newspaper the agency will not pass on the higher costs to riders.

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