NEW JERSEY – The Garden State pays some of the heftiest toll charges anywhere in the country. Under President Trump’s proposed budget, we may eventually pay even more.
The administration this week revealed a transportation funding plan that would lift tolling restrictions on federal interstate highways. Although the proposal doesn’t suggest any particular roads for new tolls, lifting the restriction could mean toll plazas someday on Routes 78, 80, 287, 195 and 295.
According to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who has criticized many aspects of Trump’s proposed spending plan, said this week that the proposal “shortchanges New Jersey big time and I intend to fight it with everything I have.”
“New Jerseyans already pay high tolls on the Turnpike and Parkway and our river crossings. We’ve had to swallow a gas tax hike to replenish our Transportation Trust Fund. That last thing we need or can afford is more tolls,” he said during a news conference Friday.
A 2015 study found that more tolls are collected on the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike than by any other tolling agency in the country — amounting to 11 percent of the tolls collected nationally. Including the tolls also collected by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the MTA, drivers in New York and New Jersey pay a third of all U.S. tolls.
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