Significant Toll Hikes Approved on New Jersey Turnpike & Garden State Parkway
It is going to cost a LOT more to travel on two of New Jersey's tolled highways later this year. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority commissioners voted on Wednesday unanimously to raise tolls this September, NorthJersey.com reports.
Tolls will increase on the New Jersey Turnpike by staggering 36%, and on the Garden State Parkway fares will be raised by 27%, officials say. The hikes will pay for a $24 billion in projects on both roadways.
So here's the breakdown of the increases:
- On the turnpike, passenger cars currently cost $13.85 to drive from Exit 1 to Exit 18W. That will increase to staggering $18.85 under the new rates.
- The parkway increases will mean that most toll booths will increase from $1.50 to $1.90. The Toms River toll will rise from 75 cents to 95 cents.
- Tolls collected at the on-ramps and off-ramps of the Garden State Parkway, which currently cost between 50 cents and $1.50, will increase to a range of 60 cents to $1.90.
The new toll rates will go into effect on September 13, unless they are vetoed by Governor Murphy. Murphy, however, has not said much about the issue to date, NorthJersey.com reported.
Projects to be funded include widening portions of both roadways. NorthJersey.com outlined some of those plans, click here to view that reporting.
These increases mark the first for the roadways since 2012. Public hearings were held on the increases back in March across the state, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The Atlantic City Expressway is expected to make an announcement regarding a possible increase in tolling later today as well.