Effective Sunday, motorists were paying more to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the use of bridges and tunnels from New Jersey into New York City.
Drivers using E-ZPass on the trip home from the long Thanksgiving weekend will have to stomach some fare hikes.
Due to cost-saving measures, the 2015 and 2017 fare and toll increases will amount to a 4 percent hike, instead of the original 7.5 percent.
A finance task force will be created by the end of the year to explore toll options to help finance a new bridge.
As of 2 a.m. Sunday, new MTA fare hikes are in effect on all bridges and tunnels.
More toll hikes will take effect this weekend at bridges and tunnels in the New York Metro area.
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In less than a week, cash tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will hit $15.
Staten Island residents on Saturday protested against the toll on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which has now reached $15.
Sunday’s toll hikes are the second of five annual increases approved last year in a process that critics said was rushed and lacked transparency.
The billion dollar question is exactly where is the Port Authority toll hike money is going.
Ongoing construction along the New Jersey Turnpike has been a boon for a small group of state police troopers who oversee the work.
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.
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.
Following Sunday morning’s toll and fare hike for bridges and tunnels crossing the Hudson River, politicians on the New Jersey side are furious.