generally well known that truckers don’t like tolls, but many are
willing to pay them knowing the money will help build, repair or
maintain the highways and bridges they drive on.
in New Jersey, truckers who recently faced toll hikes of up to 300
percent are paying some of the money to give the top three executives
of the Delaware Bridge Commission a 45 percent raise, according
to a local media report.
G. McCartney, executive director of the commission, told The
Trentonian newspaper the raises were designed to “retain talent”
to help with the commission’s plan to rehabilitate its 20 toll and
for trucks and cars crossing bridges operated by the Delaware River
Joint Toll Bridge Commission jumped Nov. 30. Truckers’ tolls increased
to $2.25 per axle.
second round of planned hikes will cost truckers $3.25 per axle
starting in January 2004.
commission, which operates 20 bridges between Pennsylvania and New
Jersey, said the new rates would help fund a 10-year, $526 million
to The Trentonian, McCartney’s compensation has increased
from $99,910 in 2000 to $135,545 this year. By 2006, he will be
paid $145,343 annually. The salaries of Roger P. Sager and Frank
J. Tollota, both deputy executive directors, will go from $92,700
to $137,917, up 48 percent. Jerry W. Fuqua, chief administrative
officer, will see his salary of $106,090 increase to $137,917, a
30 percent hike.