Hey Ocean County – Your Parkway Tolls Are Going Up
It was just 3 months ago that word started to spread that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority was considering toll hikes on the Garden State's two major toll roads - the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.
It's safe to say that a lot has happened in the last 3 months.
Both sides of the toll hike debate had a lot to say since February, and then, oh yeah, a global health pandemic happened, cash tolls ground to a halt, and commuter volumes plummeted (although, dangerous driving soared, go figure).
In the wake of all of it though, the Turnpike Authority took to a teleconference meeting today, voted, and approved a toll increase on the Parkway and Turnpike.
Our Townsquare New Jersey News team reports that the toll increases will kick in this September, with a 27% jump for Parkway tolls.
The Turnpike will see an even heftier increase, with tolls going up 36%.
The same plan calls for yearly increases of no more than 3%.
It will also create a permanent exit on the Turnpike at 19W for the Meadowlands complex and the American Dream Mall.
According to the Turnpike Authority, the average Garden State Parkway toll would go up by about $0.30 from $1.11 to $1.41.
The average Turnpike increase will take more than another dollar out of your pocket, going from $3.50 to $4.80.
In addition, as of this writing, the South Jersey Transportation Authority is also considering an Atlantic City Expressway toll increase.
You can check out all the details of the Parkway and Turnpike toll increases by clicking here for our full coverage.