Port Authority of NY/NJ Toll Hikes
Port Authority of NY/NJ Toll Hikes
Commuters will bear the brunt of toll increases unanimously approved Thursday by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board, with the first hikes coming in November. The cost at the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel and other crossings will go from $15 to $16; E-ZPass discounts will drop by a quarter; taxi and for-hire rides to the airport will also cost more, as will AirTrain rides. While there are across-the-board spikes in fees at crossings, airports and rail, bus operators and PATH riders will see some of the largest rate increases. Buses with New York-New Jersey E-ZPass crossing one of the Port Authority's six tunnels or bridges into the city from New Jersey will face a nearly 62% increase during peak hours, with three incremental increases from the current $13 fare to $21 on Jan. 1, 2026.
PATH riders who purchase multi-trip cards, namely commuters, will see at least a 24% jump, although the cost for a single trip will remain $2.75. Meanwhile, all versions of heavy trucks will face a 4.8% to 6.5% increase in their tolls Jan. 5, depending on what time they're crossing and whether they have E-ZPass. Increased tolls at the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and Port Authority bridges (the George Washington, Bayonne, Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals) will go into effect Jan. 5, 2020.
Off-peak, New Jersey-New York E-ZPass tolls will be $11.75, up 12% from $10.50.
During peak hours $13.75, up 10% from $12.50.
Non-E-ZPass will be $16, up 6.67% from $15.
New York-New Jersey buses using E-ZPass:
Off-peak increases will be implemented incrementally starting with $14 on Jan. 5, then $14.50 on Jan. 2, 2022, then $15.50 on Jan. 7, 2024 and $16 on Jan. 4, 2026 — a 23% increase over that period.
Peak-time increases will start at $14 on Jan. 5, then $17 on Jan. 22, 2022, then $18 on Jan. 7, 2024, and $21 on Jan. 4, 2026 — a 61.5% increase over that period.
Peak and off-peak tolls are currently $13.
While the one-trip cost — $2.75, same as the New York City subway — will not change, 24% or more increases will take effect Nov. 1 for those who buy multi-trip cards. Here’s the breakdown:
10-trip card: Fares would go up to $25 on Nov. 1, and then to $26 a year later, up from the current $21.
20-trip card: Fares would go up to $50 on Nov. 1, and then to $52 a year later, up from the current $42.
40-trip card: Fares would go up to $100 on Nov. 1, and then to $104 a year later, up from the current $84.
Unlimited one-day pass: Fares would go up to $10 on Nov. 1, and then to $10.50 a year later, up from the current $8.25.
Unlimited seven-day pass: Fares would go up to $34.50 on Nov. 1, and then to $36 a year later, up from the current $29.
Unlimited 30-day pass: Fares would go up to $106 on Nov. 1, and then to $110.25 a year later, up from the current $89.
One-trip passes for seniors: Fares would go up to $1.25 on Nov. 1, up from $1.
AirTrains: One-way shuttle train fares to JFK and Newark airports will increase to $7.75, the first increases since 2003 and 2005, respectively.
The biggest changes to the proposed fares were to airport ground transportation, meaning taxis or app-based for-hire vehicles. These new fees to pick up people or drop them off at the airport are lower than the June proposals.
Here is what that breakdown will be at Newark, La Guardia and JFK airports:
For-hire vehicle: Pick-up and drop-off price would be $2.50 each, starting Oct. 3, 2020.
For-hire vehicle driving two or more parties, known as a pool: Pick-up and drop-off price would be $1.25 each, starting Oct. 3, 2020.
Taxis: Pick-up price would be $1.25 starting Oct. 3, 2020, and increase to $1.75 starting Oct. 1, 2022. There is no drop-off price.
The port authority keep raising the tolls leaving commuters with no other choice than to pay them and this is completely unfair to daily commuters, truck drivers, and taxi drivers. In making a profit out of middle class hard work for supposed improvements to the infrastructure of the tunnels, bridges and airports ect. is ludacris they raise the tolls every other year without any opposition leaving commuters to fend for themselves since those facilities are critical for our daily making income! Let’s put a stop to this abuse and inconsideration from the port authority and reduce these tolls to a reasonable price. It is clear that the port authority is making a profit out of us in taking advantage of the need that we have to use these bridges and tunnels which are critical for our daily lives. Let’s not continue to be victims of toll hikes, and higher ups sitting down making a buck while we pay the price of their greed!