Buses hit with Hudson River toll increases

PARAMUS - (AP) - Bus companies are facing higher costs whennew tolls take effect at the Port Authority of New York and NewJersey's Hudson River crossings on Sept. 18.

NJ Transit and Paramus-based Coach USA will pay $10 per businstead of $4. The amount will increase to $13 by 2014.

Mahwah-based ShortLine Bus president George Grieve told TheRecord newspaper he spends about $300,000 per year in tolls to sendbuses from New York State and along Route 17 through Bergen Countyto the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Grieve says that cost is goingup to $800,000.

NJ Transit estimates bus tolls will more than double to $8.6million.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Penny Bassett Hackett told the newspaperthe agency will not pass on the higher costs to riders.

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