Monday marked the first weekday commute for drivers taking the George Washington Bridge and other Hudson River crossings from New Jersey to New York after the Port Authority’s latest round of toll hikes went into effect.
At 12:01 a.m. Sunday, cash tolls at the GWB, in addition to the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, Goethels and Bayonne Bridges and Outerbridge Crossing, went up from $12 to $13, and E-ZPass customers started paying $10.25 — up from $9.50—during peak hours and $8.25 instead of $7.50 off-peak.
The last time the Port Authority raised tolls was September 2011, when cash tolls jumped from $8 to $12 and E-ZPass tolls went from $8 to $9.50 during peak hours. And the incremental increases are expected to continue through 2014.
Tolls will go up again on Dec. 1, 2013, unless a lawsuit filed against the Port Authority by AAA challenging the increases goes in commuters’ favor.
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