Judge Allows Port Authority Toll Increase

NEW YORK (AP) -

Motorists will soon pay more to use the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels after a federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday denied a request by the American Automobile Associations to block next month’s toll increase that was approved in 2011.

The automobile club had argued the increases violated federal law because they were to be used partly to cover redevelopment of the World Trade Center and weren’t solely for transportation-related projects.

The Port Authority claimed it produced financial documents that show the hikes were needed for transportation-related capital projects.

Beginning Dec. 7, tolls for cash customers of all Hudson River crossings, such as the Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, and George Washington Bridge, will increase by $1 to $14. The increase for E-ZPass motorists will be 75 cents.