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)?
Commuting by car got a bit less attractive in 2011.
Are Port Authority toll hikes being used to rebuild the World Trade Center? That’s what the agency claimed when it argued for the increases. But court documents filed by the Port Authority conflict with that statement.
Cash tolls on the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing went up from $8 to $12 on Sunday.
Commuters are paying as much as 50 percent more to cross bridges and tunnels as the Port Authority’s controversial toll and fare hikes took effect.
The American Automobile Association is demanding that the federal government put the breaks on huge rate hikes to cross the Hudson River that go into effect Sunday, calling the increase illegal and absurd.
The boost in security was obvious to many commuters around New York City’s bridges, tunnels and mass transit hubs Friday.
The threat involves non-specific car bomb attacks, possibly targeting bridges and tunnels here. The info. came from an overseas source which Mayor Bloomberg said had been credible in the past.
The agency also said that Long Island Rail Road would restore near-normal service for Monday morning’s commute. Meanwhile, Metro-North train service will remain suspended on Monday.
The Port Authority passed hefty toll and fare hikes on Friday. But instead of raising them all at once, commuters will be hit with five yearly increments.
Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo are riding to the rescue of people who use the PATH trains and the river crossings, including the Holland and Lincoln tunnels and the George Washington Bridge.
The Port Authority board is slated to vote on a massive proposed toll and fare hike. After that, it heads to the governors of New Jersey and New York.
The agency says it needs the additional revenue the hikes will generate to pay for a new 10-year capital investment plan, maintain security, and complete the over-budget World Trade Center.
The Port Authority said the additional revenue is necessary to pay for new bus projects and much-needed fixes for bridges, roads and airports.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is putting in his two cents when it comes to the proposed massive toll and fare hike from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.