Hudson crossing toll hike could affect consumers

This Sunday tolls on the Hudson River crossings will increase, marking the last of five annual toll increases the Port Authority of New York and

Truck drivers say the Hudson River Crossing toll increase will cost them a lot of money, and the increase may be passed along to consumers.

Truck drivers say the Hudson River Crossing toll increase will cost them a lot of money, and the increase may be passed along to consumers. (12/4/15)

RIDGEFIELD - This Sunday tolls on the Hudson River crossings will increase, marking the last of five annual toll increases the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has put into place since 2011.

The money from the increase is said to be used to pay for projects like the work on the Pulaski Skyway and the new Port Authority bus terminal.

For most drivers the toll hike means paying $15 to cross the George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing, Bayonne Bridge and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels.

However for truck drivers, the increase is much more.

Trucks with three axels will have to pay $63, up from $57. Trucks with four axels will pay $84, up from $76. And trucks with five axels will have to pay $105 to cross into New York City, up from $95. 

Many truck drivers who spoke with News 12 New Jersey say that a majority of trucks have five axels. They say that the toll increase will cost them a lot of money annually.

Driver Gerald Ray says that he does get a discount using his E-ZPass, but he crosses the river six times a week. He says the new tolls will cost him $28,000 a year, just to cross into New York.

Drivers also tell News 12 New Jersey that they expect the cost from the increase in tolls to be affect the materials they haul, and those costs may affect consumers.

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