A finance task force will be created by the end of the year to explore toll options to help finance a new bridge.
Busted at the bridge. A driver has been accused of going to great lengths to avoid paying tolls.
Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Rail Road fares have gone up between eight and nine percent, depending on distance and ticket type.
Staten Island residents on Saturday protested against the toll on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which has now reached $15.
If approved, Long Island Rail Road riders will be hit with increases as high as 15 percent.
The cash toll the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing will increase $1 to $13.
Currently, the display system shows drivers that the toll has been paid but not how much has been deducted from their account.
The report is being released Wednesday one year after the Port Authority increased tolls on its Hudson River crossings.
A New York City cab driver has been accused of taking passengers for a ride. Driver Emad Wanass got his taxi license back in December, but the TLC has learned that since then he has allegedly charged nearly 300 riders for tolls on fares within Manhattan.
The benefits were pulled more than a year ago at the behest of Gov. Chris Christie, who was critical of the perks given to nonunion employees.
The Port Authority is also going after drivers who alter their license plates. One driver installed a toggle switch on his dash board which made the plate flip up, so cameras couldn’t catch him dodging the tolls.
New Jersey Turnpike Authority executive director Veronique Hakim says she’ll know by next month how much money has come in as a result of the crackdown. Officials estimated that $16 million was lost to exact-change cheats last year.
Officials say an audit will take a closer look at Port Authority employee compensation and why costs are rising to rebuild the World Trade Center.
Officials decided to end the system that allowed motorists who didn’t have enough change to take envelopes and mail the payment.
The 58-year-old Columbus resident John Filippine pleaded guilty Wednesday to participating in a scheme in which he and two others obtained toll tickets from interchanges near their toll plazas and substituted them for tickets from motorists who paid larger tolls and then pocketing the difference.