New Jersey Turnpike Authority
The Garden State Parkway will soon be completely free of traffic lights.
Currently, the display system shows drivers that the toll has been paid but not how much has been deducted from their account.
The future will not be free. There will be tolls. But how you give up your money will change.
You’re not going to avoid a toll on the Garden State Parkway, but you might avoid stopping at a toll plaza.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has agreed to pay the state Motor Vehicles Commission up to $35,000 to process vehicle registration suspensions for drivers who owe more than $1,000 in unpaid tolls and fees.
Violations have dropped from 9 percent to 3 percent since photo enforcement began to target toll cheats in the exact change lanes on the Garden State Parkway.
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.
Signs are already in place reminding motorists that beginning Jan. 1, tolls will increase 50 percent on the Parkway and 53 percent on the Turnpike.
The budget also reflects the first of the two toll increases that took effect three years ago. Motorists will see the second increase on Jan. 1, when tolls go up 53 percent on the turnpike and 50 percent on the Garden State Parkway.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority says toll revenue for the first 10 months of the year is more than $47 million below projections.
If you think you can use amusement tokens, a fistful or pennies, or some other trick to cheat your way through a Garden State Parkway cash lane, think again!
Motorists who use the exact change lanes on the Garden State Parkway better make sure they’re carrying coins starting Monday. Cameras will be activated at all 84 exact-change lanes to catch toll cheats.
Officials decided to end the system that allowed motorists who didn’t have enough change to take envelopes and mail the payment.
The American Automobile Association predicts 39 million drivers will travel 50 miles or more for the holiday weekend.
While travelers are hoping to beat the traffic, it’s estimated that 1.6 million cars will be on the Garden State Parkway Thursday, which is slightly fewer than what was expected Friday.