NY & NJ Brace for ANOTHER toll hike, Time to fly out via PHL

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey laid out its plans Tuesday to raise tolls at its bridges and tunnels and hike fares on its PATH rail service and on trains to JFK and Newark Liberty International airports.

Toll increases at the authority’s four bridges and two tunnels were authorized by the Port Authority board in 2008 and again in 2011. Tolls rose in four scheduled increases between 2012 and 2015. Based on inflation since then, a threshold will be reached in 2020 to require another hike, the Port Authority said.

Cash tolls would rise from $15 to $16 and discounts for New Jersey and New York EZ-Pass holders would be slashed by 25 cents, while markdowns for carpool users and out-of-state EZ-Passes would be eliminated altogether.

“Our customers expect and deserve 21st Century facilities and [these] proposals… allow for the already tangible progress to continue,” Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said in a statement.

The air trains to JFK and Newark airports would rise from $5 at JFK and $5.50 at Newark to $7.75 at both. Single-ride PATH rail tickets would stay at $2.75 but discounts for multi-ride passes would be significantly reduced, beginning as early as Nov. 1.

Taxis and app-based car services would be charged $4.00 for each fare picked up at one of the airports, and the app-based services would also be charged $4.00 for each drop-off. Those fees are the same as those charged at Los Angeles International Airport, and similar to fees charged at airports in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., according to the Port Authority.

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