River Joint Toll Bridge Commission has followed the recommendations
of two governors and will increase truck tolls by a smaller amount
Jan. 1, The Trenton Times reported Sept. 30.
River Joint Toll Bridge Commission increased the tolls last November
on seven bridges it maintains between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The tolls support maintenance on the total 20 bridges over the river
operated by the commission. In some cases, tolls would have increased
on both sides of the river reported Sept. 22 that Gov. James McGreevey
of New Jersey and Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania had recommended
that the recently increased tolls drop. The proposal would make
tolls identical on all of the bridges operated by the Delaware River
Joint Toll Bridge Commission.
would actually see a decrease in the tolls they pay now. Crossing
the river can run as high as $1.25 on some bridges; the plan would
make all bridge tolls for cars 75 cents.
would not see a decrease. The next scheduled increase in tolls,
to $3.25 an axle, would be blunted, with tolls only increasing from
the current $2.25 per axle to $2.75 an axle, The Philadelphia
The toll on
a five-axle truck had run $4 on five of the bridges before the recent
increases, roughly 80 cents per axle. After the first round, that
increased to $2.25 per axle, or $11.25 total toll.
increase to $3.25 would have put the tolls at more than 300 percent
of their original level. However, even under the governors’ plan,
truckers would pay $2.75, or 247 percent of the original toll price
With the decision
from the commission, trucks will pay $13.75 now to cross the bridges, The Times reported. However, that is not likely to be the
final figure. Frank G. McCartney, executive director of the Toll
Bridge Commission, said that eventually, tolls are likely to rise
to the $3.25 an axle figure, bringing the cost of a single bridge
crossing to $16.25.
Some type of
toll reduction had been expected. Media outlets reported Aug. 25
that the two governors were working out the details of the deal
to reduce the tolls.
truckers will pay tolls several times higher than what they paid
just a year ago, McCartney told The Times the new plan represented
a "substantial reduction" for the truckers. He also said
the higher tolls were appropriate.
cause a disproportionate amount of damage to transportation infrastructure,"