New plan seeks lesser NJ toll hikes

October 7, 2008 1:16:12 PM PDT
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has scaled back its plan to raise highway tolls. Under the revised plan Turnpike Authority Chairman Kris Kolluri unveiled Tuesday, tolls on the turnpike and Garden State Parkway would increase this year and again in 2012. Drivers on the turnpike would see tolls rise about 50 cents this year and parkway drivers would see an average increase of 15 cents.

The money will be used to widen the turnpike and parkway and a new rail tunnel into New York City.

Gov. Jon Corzine recently said he would veto a previous toll increase proposal and instructed the authority to come up with a more modest plan.

The new plan also offers off-peak discounts to E-ZPass customers, truckers, senior citizens and those who drive fuel-efficient cars.

The public can comment on the revised plan during a hearing on Oct. 10 in Woodbridge.

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