Plans aired to privatize toll collections in NJ

Cars drive up to the Raritan toll plaza northbound on the Garden State Parkway.

April 21, 2011 3:50:16 AM PDT
Plans to privatize toll collections on New Jersey's two major highways will be hashed out at a legislative hearing.

The Assembly State Government Committee meets Thursday and will hear from Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson, Turnpike Authority officials and union representatives on the plan to privatize toll collections on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

The plan would affect the jobs of 800 full- and part-time toll collectors.

Unions representing the toll collectors have sued to stop the Christie administration from going through with the plan.

They say they've offered millions in concessions, although the administration disputes that.

The administration says privately operated toll collection would be cheaper and just as efficient.

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