EZ Pass Tolls Increase Today
Tolls for EZ Pass users on Port Authority bridges and tunnels have gone up as of today.
The cost to use the Lincoln & Holland tunnels, the George Washington, Bayonne & Goethals bridges, and the Outerbridge Crossing went up by 75 cents at 3 a.m. meaning it will cost cars $9 off peak and $11 peak. The Staten Island Bridges Pass will go up by 25 cents.
Don't expect extra long lines at the toll plazas; cash tolls will remain the same.
Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop believes New Jersey is footing the bill for Port Authority projects on the New York side of the Hudson and could have delayed the increase. "The Port Authority dumps a heavy burden on Jersey City taxpayers in three ways -- from the costs of municipal services provided to the Port Authority, from the increasing tolls and PATH fares, and from a staggering underpayment by the Port Authority to the City for its property here," Fulop told the Jersey Journal.
The increase is part of the Authority's fiscal health plan that will helps fund a number of projects including rehabilitating the Lincoln Tunnel helix, raising the Bayonne Bridge, modernizations of PATH trains and airport runways and completion of the World Trade Center.
Drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway are safe from any toll increases until 2020. Donna Manuelli, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority's chief financial officer tells the Press of Atlantic City existing rates will support the authority's planned projects through at least 2020. Tolls last went up in 2012.