WINS (1010) NEW YORK — Drivers living on Staten Island should expect to pay a record high rate to cross into New Jersey.
SILive.com reported on Thursday that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved toll hikes at six of the agency’s interstate crossings. This includes the Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, and Outerbridge Crossing.
On Sunday, January 8, the E-ZPass peak hours toll will increase from .
75 to $14.75, while the E-ZPass non-peak hours toll will increase from $11.75 to $12.75. The cash-by-mail toll will increase from $16 to $17.
“This budgeting procedure began around eight months ago, and it has been quite difficult given the current circumstances…
In light of the current economic climate, we have developed a budget that we all agree is reasonable and will allow us to carry out our top priorities “Rick Cotton, director general of the Port Authority, made this statement.
The study states that the increases were determined using a schedule set by the Port Authority board in 2008 to account for inflation. When the cumulative effect of inflation on existing toll rates exceeds $1 in the time since the last rise, the schedule calls for an automatic increase.
The monthly minimum of three trips needed to qualify for the Staten Island Bridges Plan discount of 50% off the peak E-ZPass toll will continue at $7.38.
One-way costs on the JFK and Newark AirTrain will increase from to .
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25, but PATH fares will remain the same.
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Reportedly, this is the first rise in tolls at Port Authority crossings since the beginning of the year 2020.
When the pay increase was first announced, Borough President Vito Fossella voiced his opposition, saying, “Staten Islanders are suffering from chronic traffic congestion, inflation, and a heavy tax burden.”