Toll, Fare Increases At Hudson River Crossings Take Effect

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Here comes the pain.

As though Monday mornings weren’t difficult enough, for many commuters today, there is an additional headache: Higher fares and tolls for crossing the Hudson River.

Commuters are paying as much as 50 percent more to cross bridges and tunnels as the Port Authority’s controversial toll and fare hikes took effect.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams With Reaction At The George Washington Bridge

Needless to say, the fare hike is not what you might call “popular.”

“It stinks,” one commuter told CBS 2’s Ann Mercogliano.

“It kills you,” George Pavalles told WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs. “It forces you to consider mass transit, which maybe is less convenient, but you can afford it.”

“We’re not getting paid as much and we’re having to pay more for everything that’s transportation wise, it’s not fair,” one woman told 1010 WINS’ John Montone.

If you plan on paying cash at Port Authority crossings, get ready to fork it over. There’s a $4 increase. Crossing the Hudson now costs $12 for cash customers.

For EZ Pass users, tolls are now $9.50 during peak hours. That’s a bump of $1.50.

PATH trains now cost $2, a 25 cent hike.

1010 WINS’ John Montone reports: Feeling The Pinch

One cab driver said the extra costs are going to get passed on to consumers.

“The passenger has to pay,” he said.

While these tolls and fares may be tough to take, they’re scheduled to rise even further, with Hudson River tolls at $12.50 by the 2015 and PATH train fares up to $2.75.

The Port Authority said it needs the extra income to pay for transportation projects and rebuilding the World Trade Center.

AAA said the use of money for that type of construction violates federal law. Robert Sinclair of AAA said a prior legal ruling states that toll revenue must be used for transportation initiatives.

“We think that increasing tolls to pay for costs over at the World Trade Center violates that legal decision and will impede interstate commerce and establish a new and ill-conceived policy of diverting toll revenues to local real estate development projects,” Sinclair said.

AAA is suing to block the toll hikes, but in the meantime the only choice drivers have is how to pay for them.

“Still got to work in the city everyday,” one commuter told Mercogliano, “Still got to do it.”

What do you think of the Port Authority’s explanations of the hikes? Sound off in our comments section below…

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One Comment

  1. ron says:

    toll now 12 dollars, by 2018 it will be 18 dollars and when congestion pricing kicks in you can double that to 36 dollars. thank you gov coumo, gov christy, mayor bloomberg, up the corporations put down the working man.
    remember these turkeys on election day

  2. Dee Cohen says:

    Why don’t people who have to use the Hudson River Bridges just get EZPASS? The cash payers clog up the road for miles back into New Jersey to get across the GW. It would make everything a lot easier for all.

  3. rick says:

    new York city might become a ghost in the near future

  4. Anthony says:

    I think someone with a big boat should start shuttling people across the river and do away with the ferries and the bridges. Lets pritatize the whole thing and bring the cost way down.

  5. Disgusted says:

    Why are those living across the East River not made to pay for all crossings, not just a couple? If that were to happen, we would not have needed toll hikes for the Hudson River crossings.

  6. CP says:

    It’s time to build a footbridge over the Hudson from Jersey to midtown.

  7. Micha says:

    An independent investigation should be opened on the Port Authority and what happens to all the money.

  8. pay wahun says:

    It’s disgusting to build the World Trade Center with tolls collected from drivers. WTC is now a national pride , as such it’s necessary for the Feds to step up to the plate. And if I may ask, where’s the insurance proceeds paid for its destruction? What about the bonds issued, the marketing rights and revenue from future occupants are these not enough to rebuild WTC?
    These politicians have run out of ideas to market a product that should pay for itself. The combination of all these resources far outweighs what the MTA collects from these tolls.
    And whose idea was it to charge people for viewing the City from the Empire state building and yet make the world Trade Center free to public viewing. This is pure fool’s stupidity!

    1. pugphan says:

      The Empire St Bldg is private ppty and they can do as they please. But you’re on the money bout all else. All pols are vampires, all they know is to squeeze the blood out of us. smokersodysseycom

  9. Anyone But Obama - 2012 says:

    This city can suck it.

  10. jbrutal says:

    if you don’t like it, stay in jersey

    1. jlove says:

      Jersey sucks just as bad as this city does now.

    2. anthony says:

      I am a NYer who now lives in Jersey. Due to the toll increase I have no intention of going to the city. NY has lost one of its own.

      1. Manny says:

        Glad I left in 99. Always a NYer and disgusted to hear this is going on up there!!!!!

      2. Retired C.O. says:

        i left in ’05. No tolls here, low taxes, no state tax, no shoveling. NYC pension goes real far here in Florida, c’mon down.

  11. Bob Livingston says:

    The PA has been a closed culture answering to only the Gov’s of NY and NJ. Managed by friends of the respective political offices as favor jobs. If the public could ever see the PA books with the salary structures cultivating more overtime than base salaries, their could be a revolution at the crossings. Has been a culture of excess and arrogance personified! How much is enough!

  12. Buttbisquit says:

    F the world trade center. Sorry but you can’t expect citizens to keep taking the punishment How about you make the wrong pay.

    Govt is running this country down to rubble.

  13. jw says:

    I think the port authority is as mismanaged as the MTA

    1. james says:

      the port authority is another ponzie scheme. they are robbing us without a gun. and the heads need to leave their mistresses alone

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