Conflicting Statements About Port Authority Using Toll Increase Money For WTC

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Are Port Authority toll hikes being used to rebuild the World Trade Center? That’s what the agency claimed when it argued for the increases.

In an August 5th press release, they said that the money needed for the toll hikes would be used for redevelopment of the World Trade Center site,” said Robert Sinclair, Jr., a spokesman for AAA.

The drivers’ group is suing the agency, contending that all toll money should go toward transportation.

“As we see it, the World Trade Center is not a transportation facility and as such toll money should not be used for its redevelopment,” Sinclair told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

Now, in court papers defending against the lawsuit, the Port Authority claims the money will not be used at the World Trade Center.

“Well, the Port Authority is submitting documents that are completely contrasting to things that they have said before,” Sinclair told Haskell.

On September 18, tolls on the six Port Authority crossings – the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, Bayonne Bridge, Goethels Bridge, and Outerbridge Crossing – went up to $12 ($9.50 for E-ZPass users).

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