🔴 Another round of Turnpike, Parkway toll hikes coming next year
🔴 It’s unclear if tolls will also go up on the AC Expressway
🔴 No public hearings will be held on the toll hike plans
Have you gotten a raise at work lately?
Hopefully, you did because you will need to get ready to pay more if you travel on the New Jersey Turnpike or the Garden State Parkway.
During a State Senate budget committee hearing on Tuesday, Transportation Commissioner Diane Guttierrez-Scaccetti confirmed tolls on both highways will increase on Jan. 1.
They keep going up
In 2020, tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike when up 36% and they increased 27% on the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway.
They then went up 3% for all three highways in 2022, and that was followed by another 3% increase at the start of this year.
Guttierrez-Scaccetti did not specify what the toll hike will be next year, and she didn’t say whether they will also be raised on the Atlantic City Expressway.
No more public hearings
Three years ago the Turnpike Authority decided that instead of holding public hearings on proposed toll increases they would be tied to an economic indicator formula that would not require input from the public.
During the hearing, she also indicated there are no current plans to increase tolls to pay New Jersey’s share of the new $16 billion Hudson River Rail Tunnel project.
Construction of the new rail tunnel is not expected to be completed until at least 2033.
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