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Port Authority Plans to Jack Up Fares at Bridges, Tunnels And Area Airports

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog


New York NY, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey record-setting use of its facilities and with major redevelopment projects underway across the region, the Port Authority today advanced to its Board of Commissioners a proposal for the first inflation-based toll increases to the agency’s six bridges and tunnels since 2015 in line with the inflation-adjusted schedule mandated by the Board in 2008 and reaffirmed in 2011. The automatic increases are triggered when the cumulative impact of inflation on existing toll rates reaches $1.00, as measured from the last increase. The cumulative impact of inflation since 2015 will reach this level in 2020, prompting an increase of the cash toll rate at all Port Authority crossings from $15.00 to $16.00, as of January 5, 2020. The proposal also makes changes to three other aspects of the toll schedule: 1) discounts for out-of-state E-ZPass accounts; 2) the NY/NJ Staten Island Bridges discount program; and 3) the Carpool Discount program.

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Reader says NJ Ez pass is a scam

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NJ Ez pass is a scam. My personal experience (I have ny account take was issued before nj had the ezpass ). My account has always been in good standing, automatic credit card reimbursement, etc. I have 4 current tags. I put a tag in my newly obtained vehicle with out of state plates while it was here for a month. The garden state parkway toll in wash twps said “tag not read”. To avoid issues, that plate was added to the account 15 minutes later. I received a violation notice (despite meeting all the criteria for NOT being a violation) demanding 1.50 toll and $50 administration fee. I replied as requested online, on the phone, and using their automated system 11 times. They kept sending their lying bs notice. I finally had the last clerk on the phone admit that “their new system was having problems “. I paid the 1.50 toll with a credit card, and made it clear if she tried to ding me the 50 I would dispute the charge and suggest that the local us attorney investigate their practices. Apparently that is how NJ tries to strong arm payments that ate NOT due from unsuspecting motorists who think they may have a registration revoked (it’s not possible ). NJ EZ pass is a corrupt organization (based on my personal experience) and should be investigated. If it was a private company the executives would be indicted for mail fraud wire fraud and corruption for extorting money from motorists that is not due.

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Will you pay more to travel to parts of Manhattan?

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Assemblywomen Holly Schepisi , “Under this absolutely inane proposal it would cost a resident of Northern New Jersey $26 in tolls just to drive into midtown Manhattan and return home. When will these politicians understand that we are being taxed out of the region?”

Will you pay more to travel to parts of Manhattan?

Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief Published 12:34 p.m. ET Aug. 14, 2017 | Updated 3:20 p.m. ET Aug. 14, 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, June 29, 2017, discusses reforms he plans for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which has struggled with growing problems on its subways and trains.Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau

ALBANY – Commuters or visitors to Manhattan may have to pay more in tolls — depending on the route and the time of day.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warming to the once moribund proposal to install congestion pricing in New York City, a move that would impact the suburbs and upstate travelers.

Cuomo said the proposal, which he is developing, would aim to alleviate traffic in the city and raise revenue to pay for long-term repairs to the troubled Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/politics-on-the-hudson/2017/08/14/you-pay-more-travel-parts-manhattan/104587158/

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Funding approved for new Hudson rail tunnels. Will tolls go up?

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By Larry Higgs | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on October 20, 2016 at 5:58 PM, updated October 20, 2016 at 5:59 PM

Tolls on the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels will not be increased to help fund construction of new Hudson River rail tunnels, officials said Thursday after approving a financing plan for the Gateway Project.

Authority officials will discuss revising the agency’s 10-year capital plan next month to include Gateway, building a new Port Authority Bus Terminal and replacing the aging Newark Airport Monorail, said John Degnan, the board chairman.

Both Foye and Degnan said revising the capital plan won’t include a toll hike. The last toll hike took place last December as part of an increase that was phased-in over five years.

“The two governors said the Port Authority will take the lead for a financing plan,” Degnan said. “We’re not accepting that the Port Authority will pick-up the entire (local share of costs).”

The federal government and both states have agreed to a 50-50 financing plan for Gateway, but New York and New Jersey officials said they would turn to the Port Authority for some of that funding and to create a development corporation to apply for financing.

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Here’s the new top 10 Port Authority salary list, shaped by Bridgegate scandal

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NEW YORK — The list of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s top 10 highest paid executives has changed dramatically since last year, with several substitutions, raises among most holdovers, and the agency’s head lawyer knocking the executive director off the top spot.

The top 10 list looks at base salaries, a figure that can be deceptive at an agency where some Port Authority Police officers more than double their overall pay with overtime.

And even employees barred from overtime pay, including all 10 executives on the top-10 salary list, can manage to earn more when all payments are factored in.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/10/port_authority_top_10_salaries_in_2016.html

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Are tolls too high? Moody’s 3 concerns for NJ Turnpike Authority

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Despite increased revenue and a better bond rating, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has key financial risk, one ratings agency says.

According a Sept. 14 report by Moody’s Investors Service, political interference and toll-wary drivers could put the Authority — which oversees the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike — in a financially precarious situation in the coming years.

The report comes after a year of growth for the Authority, which saw nearly $1.5 billion in revenue between July 2014 and June 2015. During that same period, Moody’s increased its bond rating to “A2,” its highest since the early 2000s.

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Port Authority Police Catch $30,000 Ticket Scofflaw

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August 11,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Jersey City NJ, Port Authority Police Officer Chris Johnson pulled over a car at the Holland Tunnel Tuesday morning and discovered more than $30,000 in unpaid tolls and fees at all three Hudson River crossings, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway, according to Port Authority Police spokesman Joseph Pentangelo.

The woman, identified as Shakeema N. North, 38, of Orange NJ, had 5 different EZ pass accounts and $30,000 in unpaid tolls and resulting fees from more than 400 separate incidents of toll evasion,

North was arrested on a charge of theft of services and given a summons requiring her to appear in court next Tuesday.

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Drivers in N.J. and N.Y. pay one-third of all tolls collected in U.S.

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By Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The top three tolling agencies in the country are all in the New York-New Jersey region, and together account for nearly a third of all tolls collected nationwide, an industry group says.

The top three are: the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which collected $1.42 billion in tolls on the turnpike and the Garden State Parkway in 2013; the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which took in $1.33 billion at its four bridges and two tunnels linking the two states; and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which collected $1.23 billion at its New York City bridges and tunnels.

The top ten list was compiled by the International Bridges, Tunnels and Turnpike Association, a group based in Washington, D.C. The $4 billion in tolls the three agencies took in was nearly a third of the $13 billion collected from motorists nationwide, the IBTTA found.

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Port Authority reform override rescheduled for March 16th

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Port Authority reform override rescheduled for March 16th

Senate vote to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of legislation aimed at reforming an embattled Port Authority has been tentatively rescheduled from March 5th to March 16th, one of the bill sponsors has informed PolitickerNJ.

S-2181, meant to bring greater transparency to the bi-state agency, was vetoed by Christie last year after unanimously passing both the Senate and the Assembly. Democrats pushing the reform measure had originally planned a vote to override that veto in early March, using these last few months to garner Republican support. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)

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