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Not to be outdone by the Delaware River Port Authority of Pennsylvania and New Jersey; the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is also raising bridge, tunnel and PATH fees. Crossing the Hudson will cost you a lot more in September. People in New Jersey are getting the fuzzy end of the lollipop being sandwiched in the middle!
E-ZPass car tolls will rise from $8 to $9.50, cash tolls will rise from $8 to $12. This is for peak-time. By 2015, the E-ZPass car toll will be $12 and the cash toll will be $15.
Single-fare PATH train rates will increase .25 cents per year, over the next four years.
These increases are lower than initially proposed. Both governors took credit for intervening on the side of the consumer.
The Port Authority has cut staffing to the lowest level in decades and made other improvements to cut costs. However, both governors have called for an audit of the Port Authority citing fiscal mismanagement as the primary reason for the increases. Overtime is out of control.
None of the nine appointed commissioners would speak with the press at the end of this morning’s hearing on the higher tolls. One commissioner had his eyes closed during most of the meeting. Always a nice touch, to show the public how deeply you care, when a commissioner sleeps through a public hearing.