A bill that could lead to electronic tolls on Connecticut’s highways has cleared its first legislative hurdle.
The proposed hikes, announced Monday, would take effect next March.
The builders of the new Tappan Zee Bridge said Thursday that they are on schedule, and untroubled by a $500 million federal loan that just fell through this week.
The U.S. Department of Transportation secretary has said federal funds are nearly tapped out. Rep. Tony Guerrera said the gas tax alone is no longer enough to fund road repairs as car become more fuel efficient.
Some lawmakers and toll collectors were less than enthused Tuesday with a plan by the News Jersey Turnpike Authority to privatize toll collections on the turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.
This follows Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal earlier this month for Staten Island residents to pay reduced tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
As December brings higher tolls to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey crossings, another effort is in progress to toll crossings across the East River that are currently free.
Starting on Sunday at 3 a.m. drivers will have to pay more to cross Port Authority bridges and tunnels.
Drivers using E-ZPass on the trip home from the long Thanksgiving weekend will have to stomach some fare hikes.
Supporters of the Move NY campaign said the proposal is all about fairness. The plan would implement a $5 toll or $7.50 cash on the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and 59th Street bridges.
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service has downgraded the credit rating for the New York State Thruway Authority, over concerns about toll increases after the new Tappan Zee Bridge is complete.
A biker cruised through an E-Z Pass lane at the inbound Holland Tunnel with his license plate blacked out by electrical tape on Wednesday morning, according to Port Authority Police.
The plan to rebuild the Tappan Zee Bridge has hit financial uncertainties that could shift more of the $3.9 billion cost to motorists and taxpayers statewide, according to documents and interviews.
More than 2,000 New York state bridges, including the Brooklyn Bridge, have been deemed structurally deficient and in dire need of repairs by the federal government.
Port Authority police have arrested a truck driver, who they say has cheated the agency of $28,000 in tolls. Marcus Tifa is charged with theft of services and tampering with public records.