are far from happy about the new rates due to take effect in
conjunction with the availability of EZ Pass targeted for July
1, 2002. The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission approved
the plan that provides major bridge rehabilitation, installation
of EZ Pass and state of the art bridge security and surveillance
on Dec. 10, 2001.
toll rate structure approved by the commissioners will fund
a 10-year, $526 million dollar Capital Improvement Program for
protection, preservation, management and enhancement of the
20 bridges DRJTBC maintains and operates.
safety and convenience of those who use our bridges is our top
priority," stated Frank McCartney, executive director of
DRJTBC. "The additional revenue will allow us to fund the
necessary capital investments in our system."
tolls on trucks crossing the Trenton-Morrisville bridge will
increase from 50 cents to $2.25 for 2002 and 2003. In 2004,
tolls will rise to $3.25. Per-axle costs on the New Hope-Lambertville
(Route 202), Interstate 78, Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22),
Portland-Columbia, Delaware Water Gap and Interstate 80, and
Milford-Montague bridges will more than triple from $1 to $3.25.
Cash tolls for cars will double from 50 cents to $1 on four
of the bridges and from $1 to $1.25 on the rest. The other 13
bridges within the DRJTBC jurisdiction will remain "free
traffic congestion and improving air quality were two of our
major goals in developing our capital investment plan,"
commented Harry G. Parkin, chairman of the DRJTBC. "The
implementation of EZ Pass will allow us to meet both goals,
while also allowing for economic growth in our region. Expanding
our regional economy requires improved traffic flow and a modern
of EZ Pass will allow DRJTBC to process 1,200 vehicles per hour,
compared to 400 vehicles per hour using the current system of
automatic coin lanes, thereby reducing commuter time.
also contains major public safety components, including needed
repairs on all bridges and investments in major structural and
technological improvement to enhance commuter protection from
accidents and terrorist threats.
last changed for commuters in 1982 and truck and cash fare vehicles
formed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and state of New
Jersey in 1934, operates 20 bridges over the Delaware River
from Trenton-Morrisville to the New York border.