The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced that beginning in 2019, tolls will increase by $1 on all bridges and tunnels connecting the two states. The news was delivered during Thursday’s regular board meeting of the Port Authority.
A high rate of inflation, as measured by the U.S. Consumer Price Index, the agency claims is responsible for the increase because it cost the government $3 billion during the pandemic.
- The off-peak E-ZPass toll for passenger vehicles would increase from $11.75 to $12.75.
- During rush hour, the current E-ZPass toll of $13.75 would increase to $14.75.
- The cash toll rate will increase from $16 to $17.
The AirTrain prices to both JFK and Newark airports are increasing by 25 cents. No changes will be made to PATH fares, and all existing discounts will continue to apply. Port Authority expenditure plans are available for public review and feedback through December 11th on the Port Authority’s website.
The ratification process begins when the board votes at its meeting next month and the meeting minutes are approved by the governors of both states.
The new rates for tolls and fares would begin on January 8th, 2023 if authorized. The rise coincides with other commuter-related price increases taking place or being contemplated in the region, including congestion pricing and taxi and limo fee hikes in New York City.