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New Plan Seeks Lesser New Jersey Toll Hikes

gsp1.jpgThe New Jersey Turnpike Authority has scaled back its plan to raise highway tolls.

Under the revised plan Turnpike Authority Chairman Kris Kolluri unveiled Tuesday, tolls on the turnpike and Garden State Parkway would increase this year and again in 2012, not three times as previously proposed.

Drivers on the turnpike would see tolls rise 50 cents per trip this year, to an average of $1.70, and 90 cents in 2012. Parkway drivers would see an average increase of 15 cents this year and 25 cents four years later. Ramp tolls would increase by 10 cents this year and 5 cents in 2012.

The revenue, about $8.25 billion, would be used to widen the turnpike and parkway and partially fund a new rail tunnel into New York City.

Kolluri presented the revised toll increase plan to Gov. Jon Corzine in a letter dated Tuesday.

The Turnpike Authority can raise tolls, but Corzine has veto power.

The governor’s office said the plan would be reviewed.

The governor recently said he would reject a more extensive toll increase proposal unveiled last month and instructed the authority to come up with a more modest plan.

The public can comment on the revised plan during a hearing at 9 a.m. on Oct. 10 at the Turnpike Authority headquarters in Woodbridge.

(Source: 1010WINS)

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