Commuters, residents fume over proposed toll hikes

Commuters are fuming over the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's newly announced plan to raise tolls by $4 next month on the

JERSEY CITY - Commuters are fuming over the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's newly announced plan to raise tolls by $4 next month on the George Washington Bridge and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels.

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PATH train fares are also expected to increase by $1 as part of the new proposal.

Many opponents say they will have no choice but to cut back on nonessential travels.

Port Authority officials say the increases are necessary due to loss of revenue during the economic recession, the $11 billion cost of rebuilding the World Trade Center and $6 billion in post-Sept. 11 security spending.

Both Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) say they plan on fighting the increase.

Several groups protested the increases earlier today in Jersey City's Journal Square.

Check out how New Jersey compares to other toll bridges around the country: StateNameLength (Miles)Toll AmountCaliforniaGolden Gate Bridge2.3$6CaliforniaOakland Bay Bridge4.5$6DelawareDelaware Memorial Bridge2.5$4FloridaSanibel Causeway Bridge3$6FloridaSunshine Skyway Bridge5.5$1LouisianaLake Pontchartrain Causeway24$3MarylandChesapeake Bay Bridge4.3$2.50MichiganMackinac Bridge5$3.50New YorkBrooklyn Bridge1.1FREENew Jersey/ New YorkGeorge Washington Bridge1.6$8New Jersey/ New YorkGoethals Bridge1.6$8New Jersey/ New YorkHolland Tunnel1.6$8New Jersey/ New YorkLincoln Tunnel1.5$8New Jersey/ New YorkOuterbridge Crossing1.9$8New Jersey/ New YorkVerrazano-Narrows Bridge2.7$13TexasColombia - Solidarity International Bridge.23$3TexasMcAllen-Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge.20$3VirginiaChesapeake Bay Bridge - Tunnel.61$12 (each way)

Port Authority plans $4 toll hike

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