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New Year brings new toll hikes on these major N.J. bridges, tunnels, highways

by Staff

The 2024 list of toll increases for New Jersey has two notable exceptions, at least for now.

A proposed 3% toll increase on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway remains on hold after Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed the Turnpike Authority’s board of commissioners minutes on Oct. 26, saying he needs more information on the reasons to make drivers pay more.

Last week, Turnpike Authority officials reiterated that they were working with the governor’s office. Murphy’s office did not respond to emails Friday about the status of the veto.

The other exception is the Delaware River Port Authority, which put off a 2024 toll increase for the 13th straight year and will revisit tolls on its bridges in April.

Otherwise, drivers will see 2024 toll increases on the Atlantic City Expressway, at Port Authority of New York and New Jersey bridges and tunnels and the eight toll bridges operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission.

Atlantic City Expressway

South Jersey Transportation Authority officials approved a $154.8 million 2024 budget that includes a 3% toll increase under a process called indexing which was originally approved in March 2020. The toll increase was taken because the consumer price index had increased beyond 3%.

New toll rates on the 44-mile Expressway will take effect Jan. 1. That will increase tolls at the two major toll plazas at Egg Harbor and Exit 17 to Route 50 from $4.55 to $4.70 for a passenger vehicle paying cash. E-ZPass tolls increase from $2.91 to $3.01 at those locations.

Tolls at other exits that are now $1.35 for cash and 92 cents for E-ZPass will increase to $1.40 for cash and 95 cents for E-ZPass. Exit tolls that are now 70 cents for cash and E-ZPass will increase to 75 cents.

Port Authority of NY and NJ bridges and tunnels

Inflationary toll hikes are included in a $9.3 billion 2024 budget approved by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board this month. The toll increase will take effect on Jan. 7, 2024.

Helping to fund the budget is a 63-cent increase to bridge and tunnel toll rates and a 25-cent AirTrain fare hike that was triggered by a 3.7% increase in the consumer price index between September 2022 and September 2023, officials said. The automatic increase is also driven by toll indexing.

For vehicles with two axles, that will increase the current $17 toll by license plate to $17.63. Peak hour E-ZPass tolls increase from $14.75 to $15.38 and off peak E-ZPass rates rise from $12.75 to $13.38.

AirTrain fares at Newark Liberty and JFK airports increase from $8.25 to $8.50. AirTrain fares are included in the price of NJ Transit and Amtrak fare to Newark Airport.

Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission

Drivers who use the eight toll bridges operated by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission will see the first of three changes happening on Jan. 1, when the commission phases out the 20% discount extended to commuters who cross the commission’s bridges at least 16 times in a calendar month, officials said.

That program dates to 2002 when a 40% discount was offered to encourage use of E-ZPass. That discount was dropped to 20% in 2021 as a prelude to phasing the discount out in three years. Roughly 89% of tolls are paid by E-ZPass, according to the commission.

The next change happens Jan. 7, when the E-ZPass toll rate for Class 1 passenger vehicles and light trucks increases 25 cents to a $1.50 toll. Those vehicles now pay $1.25.

Also increasing Jan. 7 is the toll rate for a Class 1 vehicle with a bumper-hitch trailer or vehicle in tow that will increase to a $3.50 from the current $3.25 rate.

The eight toll bridges include:

  • Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1),
  • New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202),
  • I-78 bridge
  • Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22)
  • Portland-Columbia
  • Delaware Water Gap
  • Milford-Montague (Route 206)
  • Scudder Falls (I-295)

Revenue from the eight toll bridges support 12 “free” toll bridges that span the Delaware River and are run by the commission.

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Larry Higgs may be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on X @CommutingLarry

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