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March 10, 2020 11:45 AM, EDT

Higher N.J. Tolls Pitched to Pay for Turnpike, Parkway Projects

NJ Turnpike tollVehicles line up at the New Jersey Turnpike toll booth in Carlstadt, N.J. (Julio Cortez/AP)

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New Jersey is pushing for higher passenger-vehicle tolls this year — and regular increases in the future — to pay for improvements to its Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

The proposal would increase average charges on the Turnpike by a maximum $1.25, and on the Parkway by 30 cents at most, according to a notice of three public hearings to start March 18. [Tolls] are proposed to be indexed at an amount to be determined, but in no case more than 3% annually” beginning in 2022, according to the notice.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which operates both highways, didn’t disclose the average charges. Passenger vehicles pay as much as $13.85 to travel the Turnpike’s 117-mile length and $8.25 for the Parkway’s 172 miles.

The higher charges would pay for 29 projects, including completing interchanges, widening and adding electronic-only tolling, according to the notice. Tolls last increased in 2012.

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