Tolls on bridges and tunnels to NYC, other parts of tristate increase
Traveling to New York City is getting more expensive as tolls on bridges and tunnels connecting New York City to New Jersey and other parts of the tristate are increasing.
There will be a $1 increase for cash tolls and a $1.25 increase for E-ZPass tolls at the George Washington Bridge and others.
The increases also include tolls at the Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing.
Cash tolls now cost $15 to $16, and E-ZPass tolls will now be $13.75 during peak hours and $11.75 during off peak hours.
"I feel like you can never catch a break nowadays, you know with the toll and I heard they're getting rid of the car pool stuff so you can't pick up passengers anymore apparently," says Rishi Jain, of Fort Lee. "That's ridiculous."
The car pool discount continues to be debated over technology issues, but cashless tolls are expected next year at which time the carpool discount could end, including at the GWB -- one of the busiest bridges in the world. More than 100 million drivers cross it every year.
It's the first time in five years tolls on the crossings have increased.
Port Authority approved the toll increase on Sept. 26 to help pay for $4.8 billion worth of projects. It went into effect Sunday. The increase in tolls is also primarily tied to inflation.
There will be a 6% increase in the toll going over the Delaware River Bridge connecting New Jersey to Pennsylvania.
According to Port Authority, it does not receive tax revenue from either the state of New York or New Jersey, or from the city of New York.
Port Authority board members approved the inflation-based increase citing record-setting use of bridges and tunnels and redevelopment projects. The last time fees increased at Port Authority bridges and tunnels based on inflation was 2015.