Get ready to pay more to travel: Port Authority approves fare and toll hike

Posted: Updated:

Officials with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have unanimously approved higher tolls and fares.

The agency says that the changes are needed to keep up with inflation and pay for capital improvements.

Changes include increased tolls at bridges and tunnels, reduced discounts on PATH train fares and higher fares for air trains to Newark Liberty International and John F Kennedy International airports.

Air train fares will go up from $5 to $7.75. PATH single rides fares will remain at $2.75, but multi-ride discounts for the PATH will be scaled back.

Tolls for the Bayonne Bridge, George Washington Bridge, Goethals Bridge and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels will rise to $16.

The reduction in multi-trip discounts for PATH riders will begin Nov. 1. Tolls at Port Authority-operated bridges and tunnels will rise in January.

Other changes include reduced discounts for E-ZPass peak and off-peak prices. Carpool discounts will also be eliminated.

Surcharges for taxis and app-based car services using the airports will begin next fall. In October 2020, there will be a $2.50 fee for Uber and Lyft drivers picking up and dropping off at airports. It will cost $1.25 for riders to use the “pool” option. Taxis will also pay a $1.25 for pickup fee.

State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg told Port Authority officials that these increases will hurt companies like New Jersey Transit – whose buses will eventually see an $8 increase to use bridges and tunnels.

“I understand well that $8 per bus in the realm of 25 or 36 cents per rider on a full bus doesn’t seem like a lot. But New Jersey Transit is a public corporation… I don’t think it makes sense to put additional costs on mass transit,” Weinberg said.

Port Authority executive director Rick Cotton defended the increases.

“Two-thirds of the Port Authority’s revenue comes from non-toll and not fare-sources. So, we go to every possible extreme to avoid both toll and fare increases. But we must, on the other hand, support investment in…our aging legacy facilities. Our infrastructure facilities are simply subpar,” he said.

This is the first fare and toll hike the Port Authority has approved in five years.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • Your Oct. 16 storm photos

    Your Oct. 16 storm photos

    Storm photos Oct. 17Storm photos Oct. 17
    Storm photos Oct. 17Storm photos Oct. 17
    Heavy right and high winds swept through the tri-state area due to a large coast storm on the night of Oct. 16. Here are your photos from the storm.
    Heavy right and high winds swept through the tri-state area due to a large coast storm on the night of Oct. 16. Here are your photos from the storm.
  • Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.
    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
  • Guide: New Jersey Breweries

    Guide: New Jersey Breweries

    Looking to check out brewery this summer? There are many breweries across the state for beer-lovers to visit. Check out our list for breweries in your area. 

    Looking to check out brewery this summer? There are many breweries across the state for beer-lovers to visit. Check out our list for breweries in your area. 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."