Port Authority's new budget holds line on tolls

(AP) - Motorists won't face higher tolls at PortAuthority bridges and tunnels in the coming year. However, they mayfind it frustrating entering the Lincoln Tunnel

WEEHAWKEN - (AP) - Motorists won't face higher tolls at PortAuthority bridges and tunnels in the coming year. However, they mayfind it frustrating entering the Lincoln Tunnel in New Jersey.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Tuesdayapproved a $7.2 billion budget that holds the line on tolls andwill eliminate 200 jobs through attrition next year.

Commissioners approved a $98.1 million project to rehabilitatethe helix leading to the Lincoln Tunnel. Plans call for reinforcingand resurfacing the seven-lane roadway beginning next fall. Thework is expected to end by 2015.

Lane closures are expected.

The budget also calls for spending $247 million for new PATHrail cars and a signal system.

Some $595 million that was earmarked for the rail tunnel projectthat was scuttled by Gov. Chris Christie remains unspent.

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