New Jersey Commuters Brace For New Year’s Toll Hikes On Turnpike, GSP

HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Garden State drivers looking to save some money in the new year won’t be able to do it during their commute.

A toll hike is on the way, but while the state said it’s happening whether you like it or not, some commuters are crying foul.

Their wheels are already spinning, but soon New Jersey commuters say their heads will be spinning, too.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

“I don’t appreciate the hikes, I think it’s enough already,” Sean Pardue of Hoboken, told CBS 2’s Ann Mercogliano.

The toll hike will go into affect on New Year’s Day at exactly 6:30 a.m. It’s the second phase of a toll increase approved back in 2008 by then-Gov. Jon Corzine.

The Turnpike Authority said the average passenger-vehicle toll will go up from $2.20 to $3.30 on the NJ Turnpike and  from $0.70 to $1.05 on the Garden State Parkway.

That means New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway tolls will be going up by 50 percent and that number is what’s troubling to drivers.

Father of three Don Noble commutes daily from Rutherford and said he simply can’t afford it.

“It’s not effective for me to go into the city to try to make a living to take care of my family,” he said.

Noble’s commute will look something like the following:

If he takes the Turnpike to the Holland Tunnel daily, he will pay an extra $4.20 daily in tolls. If he works 20 days a month, that’s $84 per month. Yearly, that adds up to $1,008 more than the year before.

Why the hike?

The Turnpike Authority said it will help pay for a 10-year, $7 billion capital program that includes turnpike widening and bridge restoration. It is something that some commuters say they may need, but just don’t want to pay for.

This will be the third toll increase in the 58-year-old history of the Garden State Parkway and the seventh increase in the 60-year history of the New Jersey Turnpike.

How will the new toll hikes affect your commute?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below…

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • Katie

    Thank god my commute is 10 miles on back roads. The state of NJ is screwing its citizens and we take it lying down. So sad.

  • John Smith

    I can’t afford to pay it.. It will cost me 8.00 per day to get to Newark where I work.. I think I am going to just blow through the tolls and change one or two numbers on my plates with black tape..I’m sure I’ll get caught sooner or later but maybe it will buy me some time to save enough money to get out of here.. that’s the plan…and we wonder why so many people are killing themselves or resorting to crime. I am educated and hard working by my salary can’t compete with this…don’t know what else to do.

  • Its a MATH problem

    Well maybe its time to SUCK IT UP and move….

    My Gf and i moved to Manhattan 10 years ago and found we saved money by getting rid of the cars and excess junk 2 bdrms to 1 …….even though our rent was $400 a month higher then in Stamford CT.

    So why do you live in Jersey?

  • Tommy C

    I’ll just have to write-off 50% more gas .tolls and vehicle maintainece on my taxes . Gotta Fu_k them just as they Fu_k you ……Death to “ALL POLITICIANS”…DEMOCARTS AND REPUBLICANS

  • I am christie's pancakes

    chrisite is such a fat effen drooling slob. when election time comes, I’d vote for osama bin laden over him

    • Hates stupid people

      Guess you didn’t read the article. This was your buddy Corzine

  • I hate Corzine and fat boy Christie

    I hate living in NJ. This area is one of the few areas that tolls us to death. I gotta get out of here, but im effen trapped.

  • Elizabeth Mercer

    This is outrageous. The Turnpike should be free to everybody and the state should just bill all of its costs to New York City. After all, we’re the REAL Americans. We’re better than NYC residents, and the best way to prove it is by taking their money.

  • TB

    TRENTON, NJ (AP) — Ongoing construction along the New Jersey Turnpike has been a boon for a small group of state police troopers who oversee the work.

    A review of state payroll records by The Star-Ledger of Newark found six of the nine troopers assigned to the squad were among the top 20 overtime earners in the division last year. And most bolstered their salaries by 50 percent or more.

    The six troopers tallied a combined $275,549 in overtime, or an average $45,924 each. That was four times the average paid to troopers who earned overtime last year.

    The squad’s leader earned $63,221 in overtime and $167,890 overall, topping all other troopers, including Superintendent Rick Fuentes, who earned $144,966.

    And through September of this year, seven of the troopers were among the top 22 overtime earners, having tallied $264,313. And with about $50,000 in overtime, the squad leader is again on pace to earn more than any other trooper.

    The overtime is ultimately paid by the Turnpike Authority and commuters, who face a 53 percent toll increase on Jan. 1 to help pay for a decade-long, $7 billion capital program to widen the Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.

  • Edwin Lora Diaz

    i am thinking about moving out of the state all together!!! these hikes cost a lot to someone who commutes daily to NYC….

  • soviet union

    In soviet russia, the agency pays drivers to go over the bridge.

  • adam j. mack

    ”Garden state drivers looking the ways to cut cost and save money in the agency.”

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