Plans aired to privatize toll collections in NJ

Plans to privatize toll collections on New Jersey's two major highways will be hashed out at a legislative hearing.The Assembly State Government Committee today is

TRENTON - Plans to privatize toll collections on New Jersey's two major highways will be hashed out at a legislative hearing.

The Assembly State Government Committee today is hearing from Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson, Turnpike Authority officials and union representatives on the plan to privatize toll collections on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

The plan would affect the jobs of 800 full- and part-time toll collectors.

Unions representing the toll collectors say they've offered concessions that would save $35 million over four years, although the administration disputes that claim.

The administration says privately operated toll collection would be cheaper and just as efficient.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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