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

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Routes 1 & 9 and the New Jersey Turnpike - Jersey City, NJ - Jan 4, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

Routes 1 & 9 and the New Jersey Turnpike – Jersey City, NJ – Jan 4, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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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!

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