If you travel in New York, get ready to spend more money. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is putting forth a new proposal to raise toll rates and rail fares.
The toll and fare increases will help pay for a complete replacement of the PATH system and rebuilding the World Trade Center.
- Tolls on the GWB, the Holland and Lincoln tunnels — should go up at least $2.
- Tolls would also take a jump on the outerbridge crossing, Goethals bridge and Bayonne bridge, which connect New Jersey and Staten Island.
- PATH fares are also expected to go up, by as much as 50 cents a ride.
- And drivers who rely on EZ pass could lose their one dollar discount.
Meanwhile, there are plans to widen the New Jersey Turnpike, which would most likely be paid for higher tolls. From the proposal overview, it sounds like the plan is to stretch the car-and-truck lanes south from exit 8A to exit 6 and widen the existing car-and-truck lanes between exits 8A and 9. The last widening project that ended in the early 1990s increased tolls 70 to 100 percent.
Working from home is starting to sound even better.
Port Authority Wants You to Pay More [WABC 7 News]