Tolls Rise in NY, NJ on Bridges

NEW YORK -
The Philadelphia side of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge spanning the Delaware River. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Toll hikes in New York and New Jersey will go into effect Sunday on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge and several bridges connecting New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

The Lakewood Scoop reported that the Delaware River Joint Toll Commission voted to approve toll increases to offset the decline in drivers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cash-paying travelers will see prices go from $1 to $3, while E-ZPass holders will have to pay $1.25.

The affected bridges are: Route 1 (Trenton-Morrisville), I-80 (Delaware Water Gap), Route 206 (Milford-Montague), Route 22 (Easton-Phillipsburg), Route 202 (New Hope-Lambertville), and Routes 611, 46, 94 (Portland-Columbia).

Another hike will go into effect in January 2024.

A toll increase will be implemented on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge and several MTA-overseen bridges and tunnels. The toll will increase from $6.12 to $6.55, which is expected to bring more than $20 million in additional revenue to the perpetually cash-strapped MTA.

Additionally, E-ZPass owners who do not properly affix their E-ZPass will have to pay more, in a move intended to encourage drivers to maintain their E-ZPass properly.

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