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NJ Turnpike, Parkway Toll Hikes Set for Jan. 1

Tolls increasing by 50 percent to raise money for state capital projects

Due to a phased plan increase approved by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority more than three years ago, tolls on both the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway will go up in price by 50 percent, beginning at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 1.

Under the new increases, toll rates on the Garden State Parkway will increase from $0.35 to $0.50 for ramp tolls, from $0.50 to $0.75 for two-way toll plazas, and from $1 to $1.50 for one-way toll plazas.

It is the third hike in tolls for the Parkway since its opening in 1954, and the seventh for the New Jersey Turnpike since that highway’s inception in 1951. The increases were voted on and approved as the second phase of a two-fold toll hike in October 2008, during the administration of former Gov. Jon Corzine.

Monmouth County residents will see price changes at the Asbury Park toll plaza at Parkway mile marker 104 and at several ramp plazas throughout the county. 

For class one vehicles — cars, motorcycles and taxis — the Asbury Park toll plaza will increase from $1 to $1.50, and the ramp plazas at Belmar/Wall, Red Bank, Holmdel, Keyport and Matawan will increase in price from $0.35 to $0.50. The Eatontown ramp plaza will increase from $1 to $1.50.

Turnpike Authority Spokesman Thomas Feeney explained that the toll prices were originally raised to support a decade-long construction projects package totaling $7 billion, including a widening of the Turnpike and the Parkway south of Toms River – in addition to the organization’s $1 billion-plus contribution toward a new rail tunnel to cross the Hudson River.

However, Gov. Chris Christie ordered the rail tunnel project ceased in 2010, claiming that the construction was certain to go over budget, and then redirected the over one billion dollars in revenues to other state transportation projects.

Mike December 31, 2011 at 04:01 PM
This toll hike is another example of our government taking the easy way out by increasing revenue instead of looking for ways to cut waste and abuse within the Port Authority and State government. These tolls are outrageously high and an extreme burden on families and business in this State. If you are opposed to the toll increase, I suggest writing an e-mail or letter to Governor Christie as well as your State and local representatives. Also, talk to all of your friends and family and convince them to not take this toll increase quietly.
Paul Draper December 31, 2011 at 04:24 PM
What's wrong with this is what's wrong with the country, They're robbing us and the electorate is apothetic!
Jon December 31, 2011 at 07:32 PM
The most likely place to have an acident on a toll road is at a toll collection site. Tolls are the least efficient way of collecting revenue. Logic dictates that the TOLLS and the bloated aministration that is is respnsible for collecting them be ELIMINATED! With a small increase in the fuel tax and prudent fiscal management all NJ people would be better and more fairly served. Oh and the old argument that "I do not use the toll roads so why should I pay for them" is empty. I do not use a lot of state roads yet my taxes still go towards their operation.
John Teasley January 01, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Too bad Bernie Madoff, I mean Jon Corzine wrote the bond contract pledging the revenue increase without condition of a tunnel being built. I'll bet you thought that was just one of Cork's oversights and not on purpose.
BP January 03, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Another example of liberal Democrat union thugs/state workers and their corrupt liberal Democrat ex-Gov. Corzine (his law) stealing from hard working Jersey citizens

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