The New Jersey
Senate voted to approve a plan to merge the New Jersey Turnpike
and the Garden State Parkway, the state announced this week.
bill, S2352, would enable the Turnpike to assume the operations,
facilities and financial obligations of the New Jersey Highway
Authority, which operates the Garden State Parkway.
The bill was
sponsored by Sens. Nicholas Sacco, Andrew Ciesla and Leonard T.
is expected to take up A3392 following the April budget break.
That bill, which also calls for the merger, is sponsored by Assembly
members John Wisniewski, Linda Stender, Jack Conners and Jeff
Commissioner Jack Lettiere said in a statement that the consolidation,
if enacted by July, would produce $42 million in savings over
the next six years and avert a Parkway toll increase. State officials
had said previously that the merger would also enable the state
to start work on a high-speed E-ZPass system and make needed repairs