1 & 9 Or The NJ Turnpike? It’s Time Vs. Tolls

JERSEY CITY, NJ (WCBS 880) – What’s better, to take Routes 1 & 9 (toll free, but full of stop lights) or to use the New Jersey Turnpike (a toll road with no stop lights)?

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane On The Story

For most drivers, it’s pick your poison.

But many livery drivers outside the Holland Tunnel say you’re better off avoiding the stop lights and fickle traffic by just giving in and paying the higher tolls.

Drivers at the wheel of their own cars seem more willing to explore their options.

“The hike is ridiculous,” said one woman, who insisted she’d rather spend the extra time at the stop lights than dig into her wallet to pay the tolls.

“I’ll pay the hike,” said one man.

Though experiences may vary, a New York Times reporter driving the Turnpike from East Brunswick saved twenty minutes against a colleague who saved $6.65 in tolls on 1 & 9.

What’s your best bet for car travel in New Jersey? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • Meme Meyagi

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

  • Mark

    being that i drive a long distance to work, the only option i have is to pay the tolls. its only january 4 and i already have seen a decrease in volume on the turnpike. i have had a very pleasant drive for two days; at the cost of tools.

    BUT keep in mind, this toll hike was instituted by the former Governor (who should be up for indictment) about 3/ 4 yrs. ago. The money was borrowed and spent back then by the democratic legislature and being paid for now . do you still think they should be re-elected?? This is the most clearest picture of why we should all vote out all of trenton……and no one will be able to tell you where the money went.

    • TollHater

      I think the lighter traffic is because this is only a four-day work week.

  • ladyhawk

    paying tolls is better because the stop lights and also the time and the gas.

    • Kyle

      I live near Matawan NJ and commute to NYC everyday. I avoid paying tolls.. I enter the GSP northbound at exit 120. I take the the parkway to exit 140. I use Route 22 east to Express 1&9 north (Pulaski Skyway.) This route only adds a few minutes, there are no traffic lights and more importantly, no tolls. Coming home, I do the opposite, except I exit the Parkway at exit 129. From there I take route 9 to route 35. Again, this route is toll free and only adds minutes to the trip.

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