Port Authority Sets Toll Jump for Trucks Crossing into NYC
By Timothy Cama, Staff Reporter
This story appears in the Aug. 29 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.
Tolls for trucks entering New York City from New Jersey will more than double over the next five years, a larger increase than originally proposed.
The trucking industry pushed to shield trucks from the higher toll increases, but the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, bowing to political pressure, trimmed its proposed increases for automobiles and instead boosted increases for trucks.
A 5-axle truck using E-ZPass during peak hours will pay $90 to cross in 2015, a 125% increase over the current $40. During off-peak hours, that truck will pay $85, a 143% increase from the current $35. Trucks using cash will incur a surcharge of $3 per axle.
“We’re quite livid,” Kendra Adams, executive director of the New York State Motor Truck Association, said about the toll structure the Port Authority enacted Aug. 19.
“We’re very disappointed; we’re angry,” she said.
American Trucking Associations joined the debate Aug. 25, sending a strongly worded letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) arguing that the increases will “devastate trucking companies who serve the New York City area” and “increase the cost of doing business” in the region.
“I hope you will veto this ill-conceived proposal,” ATA President Bill Graves wrote, asking the governors to work with the industry to find a better solution. Either governor’s veto would stop the plan, and ATA threatened “legal and legislative options” should the toll increases go through.
Truck tolls will increase by $2 per axle in each year until 2015 on Port Authority bridges and tunnels, which go from New Jersey to New York City, the Port Authority said in a statement after its vote. Those crossings are the George Washington Bridge, the Lincoln Tunnel, the Holland Tunnel, the Goethals Bridge, the Outerbridge Crossing and the Bayonne Bridge.
1 2 Next >>
© 2011, Transport Topics Publishing Group. All rights reserved.