Port Authority To Allow Cash Customers Through E-ZPass Lanes In Emergencies Like Outerbridge Crossing Debacle
An Easter backup approaching the Outerbridge Crossing has lead to a new policy from the Port Authority.
Lawmakers from Staten Island were still outraged at the decision to have just one cash lane open at two toll bridges to New Jersey, which created massive traffic backups on Easter.
The Turnpike Authority wants to eliminate the off-peak E-ZPass discount for cars whose accounts are outside the New Jersey E-ZPass system.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority lost at least $358,472 in toll revenue in 2010 and $439,122 in 2009 as a result of toll collectors’ cash drawers coming up short.
The Henry Hudson Bridge is expected to be a cashless crossing in 2012.
More than 1,900 New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway employees might have to pay to commute to work.
Auditors say the Turnpike Authority paid its employees $30 million in unjustified bonuses and squandered millions on health insurance while tolls increased.
October 27 is T Day.
The Port Authority said most of the violators are drivers without E-ZPass tags who go through the E-ZPass lanes.
More than 80% of the business at the bridge is E-ZPass and the approach roads are relatively simple.