New Jersey Turnpike Authority
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.
Drivers who have E-ZPass accounts in other states soon won’t get off-peak discounts when they pass through New Jersey.
The work was going to reduce northbound traffic from two lanes to one on the toll road’s Western Spur in the vicinity of the Vince Lombardi Service Area in Ridgefield, Bergen County.
A plan to raise more money for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority by ending a discount for out-of-staters will actually hurt some New Jerseyans.
New Jersey’s transportation commissioner says cumbersome union work rules cost the state as much as $13 million a year in salaries and benefits for extra toll collectors.
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 on Wednesday was expected to authorize an extra $4 million for snow removal on the toll road.
Auditors say the Turnpike Authority paid its employees $30 million in unjustified bonuses and squandered millions on health insurance while tolls increased.