New Jersey Turnpike Authority officials have announced a schedule for three public hearings on their proposal to increase tolls on trucks and passenger vehicles.
The officials said toll increases are necessary on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway to pay for maintenance and capital improvements totaling nearly $10 billion.
Under the proposal announced Thursday, Sept. 4, tolls for trucks and passenger vehicles on the New Jersey Turnpike would increase by 50 percent in 2009, another 50 percent in 2012, and 10 percent in 2023.
Truck and passenger tolls on the Garden State Parkway would increase by 43 percent in 2009, 50 percent in 2012 and 10 percent in 2023 under the plan.
Click here to access the authority’s current toll calculator.
Turnpike officials will conduct public hearings at the following times at the following locations:
- 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Camden County Community College, Blackwood Campus, 200 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ 08012;
- 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority Headquarters, 581 Main St., Woodbridge, NJ 07095; and
- Noon to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652.
Turnpike officials will accept written comments until Oct. 1. To file a written comment, send them to:
Attn: Executive Director
New Jersey Turnpike Authority
581 Main St.
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
– By David Tanner, staff writer