As of 3am on December 2nd, the Port Authority’s new tolls went into effect across the bridges and tunnels between New York and New Jersey. The 2012 increases call for $1 more on autos & buses and $2 on trucks. Signing up for EZ-Pass will save you time at the toll booth and a discount of 25 cents for cars and buses.
The Port Authority has a series of increases planned from 2012 to 2015. This plan applies to the Lincoln & Holland tunnels, the George Washington, Bayonne & Goethals bridges, and the Outerbridge Crossing. According to the schedule, they will continue to makes the same toll increases annually, until 2015.
So what are we paying now?
New 2012 Prices
- Cars – $8.25
- Buses – $10.25
- Trucks (per Axle) – $13.00
Many motorists are upset over the plan for annual toll hikes. Trucking, taxi, and limousine companies will feel it the most. The extra costs cut into their profits and will eventually passed on to the consumer. Hopefully, the real benefits will be less pollution, less traffic, and easing the budget at the Port Authority.
A detailed outline of the new bridge and tunnel prices can be found at the Port Authority website. There you can also download the annual rate increase schedule in PDF format.