New Year Brings New Toll Hikes On Major NJ Roadways

HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Even though there are signs on both the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike reminding drivers that come New Year’s Day they’ll be paying more to drive on the major roadways, many are still not in the know.

Whether drivers like it or not, a toll hike is going into effect at exactly 6:30 a.m. Sunday. It’s the second phase of a toll increase approved back in 2008.

In the new year, the average passenger vehicle toll will go up 53 percent on the New Jersey Turnpike, from $2.20 to $3.30, and from $0.70 to $1.05 on the Garden State Parkway, an increase of 50 percent.

Anthony Lawrence, who commutes from Jersey City to Manhattan, says the hike will easily cost him an extra $24 a week. add that up and you get nearly $1,250 extra per year in tolls.

“I’m going to take the streets. I can’t afford to pay a 50 percent increase,” he told CBS 2’s Ann Mercogliano.

The Authority says it needs the money to widen roads and restore bridges. Some commuters tell CBS 2 that’s something they’re willing to foot the bill for.

“I go all the way down to Exit 4, and I see that they are widening the roads and it is kind of helpful,” said Nilo Ibara of Jersey City. “From my point of view, I think it’s a good idea.”

Others, however, say they’d like to see the increase take a hike instead.

When the toll increase was approved three years ago by then-Governor Jon Corzine, a billion dollars of the money was meant to go towards the new rail tunnel to cross the Hudson.

Governor Christie stopped that project in 2010 citing budget concerns. The money was then slated to other state transportation projects.

Do you approve of the hike? Sound off in our comments section below…

  • Warhawk

    If the hike approved and designed to pay for the cross Hudson link to Manhattan, and now the project has been scrapped, the hike should be scrapped as well. As someone else said already the gas taxes were designed to pay for infrastructure improvement projects – and that money is likely “repurposed” to pay for other budgetary shortcomings. I would be curious how much of the money disappears. I for one have been spending $60 a month on turnpike, and I will not spend $90 so now I leave my house 30 minutes earlier, skip turnpike altogether. I suspect that none of the increase will actually go towards road improvements – especially after it was announced that Turnpike is cutting staff – so taxpayers and turnpike users are being lied to as per usual – it doesn’t matter if it’s democrats or republicans – they’re all the same – bunch of liars.

  • WizBang

    Hey, I thought the gas tax was to pay for the upkeep on roads. Also subsidies from the federal government. Why the hell are they raising the tolls on roads that were paid for many times over since the 1950’s. It’s to help pay millions of dollars to all of those commissioners and appointees who helped get the Governor elected.
    I refuse to use the toll roads whenever possible in the state of NJ. If other Jersey drivers do the same, how is the toll increase going to make the state money?

  • robert mclawdy

    Well, thanks Gov.Christie, It’s hard enough trying to keep food on the table for my family, this is just what the working class needs.

  • Skipper of NJ

    What the hell are these people doing. Don`t they realize no ones salary is going up,people have lost their jobs, homes,and money ,and some have lost their families as well. Keep raising prices on everything and more people will leave the state. NY has already lost over 800 cars a day since their last toll. Don`t say take NJ Transit to NY, the trains is always late or gets stuck in the tunnel WAKE UP PEOPLE WE NEED TO PROTEST BIGGGGGGGGGGG TIME. IT IS YOUR FUTURE A–h—s

  • Earl

    The guy who’s commuting from Jersey City to Manhattan is complaining because of the increase in tolls?

    Give me a break. PATH Train right there.

    Most people don’t realize its cheaper, (and easier) to just take a train or a bus than dealing with a brutal commute.

    Treat yourself better. At least on a train you can relax and read the paper rather than honking in your car in traffic.

  • Robert in Woodbridge

    If they stopped all the stealing they wouldn’t need a toll hike….it could probably be FREE.

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