Murphy Officially Approves Toll Hikes on Three NJ Roads
Coming as no surprise, Gov. Murphy officially approved massive toll hikes on the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and Atlantic City Expressway Wednesday night.
Both the South Jersey Transportation Authority, which oversees the Expressway, and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which runs the Turnpike and the Parkway, voted Wednesday to hike tolls across the state.
“I said from the get-go we weren’t going to kick the can down the road anymore on infrastructure,” Murphy said via northjersey.com. “There’s going to be a plan, and it’s, I believe, the right plan.”
The NJTA says the hikes are necessary to fund $24 billion in projects to improve both roads it operates. The SJTA will use the extra revenue, in part, on a light rail line between Glassboro and Camden and to build better access to Atlantic City International Airport, according to The Press of Atlantic City.
Tolls at mainline plazas on the Parkway will increase from $1.50 to $1.90 while tolls at on and off-ramps will rise to $.65 to $1.90.
On the Turnpike, once the new rates go into effect, you'll pay nearly $19 to drive the entire length of the road in a car while trucks will soon be paying nearly $77.
The approved plan also allows the NJTA to index toll hikes beginning in 2022, which means tolls will be adjusted every year.
Over on the Expressway, the $3 toll in Egg Harbor will jump to $4.25 and the other toll plazas that are currently 75-cents will rise to $1.25.
Tolls on all three roads will increase this September.