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NJ Turnpike, Parkway Toll Hikes Set for Jan. 1

Tolls increasing by 50 percent to raise money for state capital projects

Due to a phased increase approved by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority more than three years ago, tolls on both the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway will go up around 50 percent, beginning at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 1.

Under the new increases, toll rates on the Garden State Parkway will increase from $0.35 to $0.50 for ramp tolls, from $0.50 to $0.75 for two-way toll plazas, and from $1 to $1.50 for one-way toll plazas.

It is the third hike in tolls for the Parkway since its opening in 1954, and the seventh for the New Jersey Turnpike since that highway’s inception in 1951. The increases were voted on and approved as the second phase of a two-fold toll hike in October 2008, during the administration of former Gov. Jon Corzine.

Turnpike Authority Spokesman Thomas Feeney explained that the toll prices were originally raised to support a decade-long construction projects package totaling $7 billion, including a widening of the Turnpike and the Parkway south of Toms River–in addition to the organization’s $1 billion-plus contribution toward a new rail tunnel to cross the Hudson River.

However, Gov. Chris Christie ordered the rail tunnel project halted in 2010, claiming that the construction was certain to go over budget, and then redirected the over one billion dollars in revenues to other state transportation projects.

Journey January 05, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I would suggest talking to the editor of you local version of patch. Hoboken.Patch has local news.
Hank January 05, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Tom is correct River Horse Brewery produced a fine "Belgian Freeze" this year
BellairBerdan January 05, 2012 at 08:42 PM
HobokenOwl, by your standards if I pay more for my car than you do, you should get out of my way on the road. That's the price you should pay for having a cheap car, right? I may also teach you that if you are on salary you give up the rights to overtime. That's your choice.
Sally McBride January 05, 2012 at 09:08 PM
All patches have local news, but when they cross post something like this, sites that have less traffic have all of their local posts bumped off the front page. Hoboken has enough other posts to keep some of them on the front page.
Steve Johnson January 06, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Sally - We're working on fixing this. Give us another 3-4 weeks. On the one hand, it makes sense for us to cross post a story like this, that applies to a lot of Patch towns, instead of asking each editor to write up basically the same story. But with our current software, you get the comments showing up on every single Patch and dominating the front page, which is not what we want. We've asked our developers for an option where we could keep the comments going, but not have them show up on the cover, at the editor's discretion (which would work on an article such as this, where there is a pretty good discussion going on from folks statewide) or else to make a local copy of the article that would only include comments from that local Patch, in instances where the topic is more local.

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