Massive Toll Hikes in New Jersey Set To Go Into Effect This Weekend
Trenton, NJ – Massive toll hikes in New Jersey approved by officials earlier this year are set to go into effect this weekend.
In May, New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) commissioners approved a controversial plan to raise tolls for all motorists 36% on the turnpike and 27% on the Garden State Parkway.
Specifically for truckers, a trip along the turnpike that now costs $56.85 will soon cost $77.30.
Tolls for truckers on the parkway will increase from $9 to $11.45 at most of the main toll plazas.
At ramp plazas, tolls that now cost truckers $3.25 to $9 will soon cost from $4.15 to $11.45.
Both measures were approved for the purpose of funding a $24 billion plan to improve infrastructure such as widening long stretches of both highways, as well as to implement cashless tolling.
However, that’s not all.
Also the same week NJTA commissioners approved the new hikes, the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) also approved a whopping 37% toll increase on the Atlantic City Expressway.
Each of the increases are set to take effect this Sunday, September 13, 2020.
The trucking community largely opposes tolling initiatives arguing they are costly to implement and highly inefficient.
At the time these toll hikes were approved, multiple trucking groups expressed outrage that New Jersey officials would increase operating costs for truckers so substantially even amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Trucking groups were not alone in their outrage.
In a joint statement following the announcement of the increases, multiple Republican state lawmakers called the approved hikes “truly unconscionable.”
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy largely brushed aside the criticism.
“We’ve lurched too long,” he said shortly following the announcement of the increases. “I said from the get-go we weren’t going to kick the can down the road anymore on infrastructure.”