New Port Authority Tolls On Bridges, Tunnels Now In Effect

Kristie Keleshian
January 05, 2020 - 11:59 am
George Washington Bridge

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A New Year brings new tolls for drivers traveling between New York City and New Jersey.

The new tolls are helping to pay for a nearly $5 billion, 10-year capital plan.

The tolls went into effect at 3 a.m. Sunday. Drivers will see toll hikes on Hudson River and Staten Island crossings.

These are the first toll hikes at those crossings in five years, although the Port Authority did implement five toll hikes in a row from 2011 to 2016.

Cash tolls will go up from $15 to $16. Peak-hour tolls for E-ZPass users will go from $12.50 to $13.75. Non-peak hour tolls will go from $10.50 to $11.75.

Not only will toll prices increase, discounts will decrease. E-ZPass user peak discounts will drop from $2.50 to $2.25, while off-peak discounts will drop from $4.50 to $4.25.

AAA says it disagrees with the idea because the Port Authority is already “swimming” in money.

Robert Sinclair, of AAA, wonders why Port Authority needs even more cash.

"That was not enough? There needs to be a serious audit of the finances at the Port Authority," Sinclair said. "Their finances are just impossible to track."