NJ Lawmaker Urges Port Authority To Keep GWB Carpool Discount

Marla Diamond
December 02, 2019 - 1:18 pm
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FORT LEE, N.J. (WCBS 880) — A New Jersey congressman is fighting back against Port Authority’s plan to do away with the carpool discount at the George Washington Bridge.

Congressman Josh Gottheimer says when you look at the math, New Jersey residents would be hurt the most by the toll change.

“New Jersey residents who go across daily, and use the car pool rate will lose $1,675 per year,” he explains.

Gottheimer notes that by doing away with the carpool discount, there will also be an environmental cost.

“According to the CR Club and other environmental groups, car pool lanes cut pollution,” the Democratic lawmaker said. “So, actually we're going to be increasing pollution if we eliminate the carpool lanes.”

The Port Authority says only 3% of drivers take advantage of the discount and safety has become an issue with people standing on the side of the road to catch a ride over the bridge.

The agency said it plans to eliminate the carpool discount beginning January 2020.