Tolls may soon increase at New York, New Jersey crossings

| Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Tolls could soon be increased at crossing points along the Hudson River in New Jersey and New York.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey could choose to set new rates at a board meeting Nov. 15, The New York Times has reported.

Tolls at Port Authority crossing points such as the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel and Holland Tunnel were last increased in 2001.

Proposed toll rates could increase by one-third from the base total of $6 to $8, The Times reported.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed to introduce “congestion pricing” to make passenger vehicles pay $8 and trucks pay up to $21 to enter Manhattan below 86th Street.

In Bloomberg’s proposal, which The Times suggests could be a motivating factor for the Hudson River increases – trucks meeting certain levels of emissions standards would be charged the $7 fee and not the full $21.

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