New Jersey congressmen fight to save GWB carpool toll discount

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Two New Jersey congressmen are fighting to save a toll discount for carpoolers at the George Washington Bridge.

Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Bill Pascrell are urging the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that manages the bridge, to reverse a proposal to eliminate the discount. The congressmen requested in a letter to the Port Authority that the agency explores all available technology and allows the carpool rates to stay intact.

"Eliminating the carpool lane will cost many New Jersey residents thousands of dollars a year in new tolls, add a ton of new cars onto the bridge and create more air pollution,” said Gottheimer in a news conference on Monday. “That's a lose-lose-lose for absolutely everyone. It just doesn't make any sense to me, and I hope Port Authority will reconsider their decision."

 
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The Port Authority says carpool rates have to be eliminated because new cashless tolling cameras can't capture how many people are in a car. But the congressmen say that this sort of technology is currently being used in other states.

The lawmakers say that some commuters will pay $2,000 more in tolls per year without the discount.

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