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

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

News 12 Staff

Sep 26, 2019, 3:29 PM

Updated 1,759 days ago

Share:

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.


More from News 12
1:59
Flight disruptions persist at Newark Liberty Int’l Airport due to global technology outage

Flight disruptions persist at Newark Liberty Int’l Airport due to global technology outage

2:35
Clouds and sun for Sunday in New Jersey

Clouds and sun for Sunday in New Jersey

1:49
Toms River firefighters headed to national competition

Toms River firefighters headed to national competition

0:17
Police: Man fatally shot inside car in Clifton

Police: Man fatally shot inside car in Clifton

0:29
Fire leaves several residents in Lakewood displaced

Fire leaves several residents in Lakewood displaced

0:26
Police: Egg Harbor Township man accused of fatally striking bicyclist while driving drunk

Police: Egg Harbor Township man accused of fatally striking bicyclist while driving drunk

1:41
 Officials: COVID-19 has hit high levels in several states, including Connecticut

Officials: COVID-19 has hit high levels in several states, including Connecticut

1:41
 Officials: COVID-19 has hit high levels in several states, including Connecticut

Officials: COVID-19 has hit high levels in several states, including Connecticut

0:27
Prosecutor: Jackson Township man accused of fatally stabbing roommate

Prosecutor: Jackson Township man accused of fatally stabbing roommate

1:27
Prosecutor: Infant girl dies after being left inside parked car in East Hanover

Prosecutor: Infant girl dies after being left inside parked car in East Hanover

0:23
CDC: NJ resident dies from listeria food poisoning linked to deli meat

CDC: NJ resident dies from listeria food poisoning linked to deli meat

2:25
A massive tech outage is causing worldwide disruptions. Here's what we know

A massive tech outage is causing worldwide disruptions. Here's what we know

NJ Transit to resume regular weekend schedule following disruptions due to extreme heat

NJ Transit to resume regular weekend schedule following disruptions due to extreme heat

2:01
Doctors urge parents to get their children in for doctor visit ahead of new school year

Doctors urge parents to get their children in for doctor visit ahead of new school year

0:48
Jersey Proud: Stockton students spend summer measuring New Jersey shoreline

Jersey Proud: Stockton students spend summer measuring New Jersey shoreline

0:53
Beachwood West Beach closed for rest of summer due to high bacteria levels

Beachwood West Beach closed for rest of summer due to high bacteria levels

2:02
What happens if Biden drops out of the race? Here are some scenarios

What happens if Biden drops out of the race? Here are some scenarios

0:26
Costco sells ‘emergency food supply’ bucket with a 25-year shelf life

Costco sells ‘emergency food supply’ bucket with a 25-year shelf life

5:00
Tech expert weighs in on Microsoft outage impacts across the globe

Tech expert weighs in on Microsoft outage impacts across the globe

0:31
Man dies after he rescues two young boys who were struggling to stay afloat in New Jersey river

Man dies after he rescues two young boys who were struggling to stay afloat in New Jersey river