MONTVALE, NJ (WCBS 880) – When 2012 rolls around, the wallets of drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway will take a hit.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane On The Story

Signs are already in place reminding motorists that beginning Jan. 1, tolls will increase 50 percent on the Parkway and 53 percent on the Turnpike.

LINK: NJ Turnpike Authority Toll Hike Fact Sheet (PDF)

“The tolls go up and I got to take the roads. So, there’s not much I can do. I don’t have an alternate route,” Bill Altneu, of Montvale, told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane.

Given a choice between higher tolls, and a higher gas tax, Larry Nardasha takes the toll.

“If need be, the additional money I’ll save on the gas tax I can maybe find an alternate route where I don’t have to go on the Parkway that costs me the tolls.”

The hike is the second part of a two-phase toll increase approved in 2008 by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and then Gov. Jon Corzine.

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