A 40 percent toll increase took effect Monday, Dec. 1, on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway as part of a capital plan that includes funding a mass-transit tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York.
The increase is the first of two approved by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority in October. The next increase is a 50 percent hike in 2012.
Under the plan, the cash toll for a heavy commercial vehicle traveling the full length of the New Jersey Turnpike increased Monday, Dec. 1, from $26.55 to $37.15. E-ZPass account holders are now paying $33.95 during peak times and $32.25 in off-peak times.
In 2012, the cash toll for a truck will increase to $56.85. E-ZPass tolls will increase to $51.95 in peak times and to $49.35 in off-peak times.
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Trucking associations including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the New Jersey Motor Truck Association have fought against the increases. Officials said the increases will run up business costs for truckers and that the state should not be allowed to divert turnpike revenue to fund a mass-transit tunnel.
Several state lawmakers have attempted to block the increases but have been unsuccessful.
– By David Tanner, staff writer