NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A 50 percent toll increase in New Jersey has drivers looking for a cheaper route.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority says traffic on the state’s two major highways decreased in the first week of 2012 compared to a year ago.
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Spokesman Tom Feeney says 70,000 fewer vehicles drove on the turnpike in the first five weekdays of the month. That’s nearly a 3 percent drop. More than 100,000 fewer vehicles traveled on the Garden State Parkway, a similar decrease.
“I can’t afford it,” said one truck driver. “Paid $3.60 and now I have to pay $5 and it’s ridiculous.”
“I was outraged from the 40 to 50 percent jump in the tolls,” said another driver.
Other drivers want to know where the money from the toll hikes is going.
“The road has been paid for, so I’m not sure what this revenue is for,” said a driver. “So I’m not sure what this revenue is for.”
The toll hikes are the second phase of a two-part increase approved in 2008 under then-Gov. Jon Corzine and are aimed at funding road and bridge projects.
Feeney says that the Turnpike Authority actually projected a bigger drop in traffic when the toll raise went into effect.
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