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Toll Hikes Start On George Washington Bridge

Morning rush on the GWB
Morning rush on the GWB Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT

In case you missed it, paying cash at the George Washington Bridge now costs $15. And that's just for automobiles.

One of the nation's most expensive tolls -- on one of its busiest vehicle crossings -- rose on Sunday, Dec. 6.

E-ZPass for passenger vehicles goes from $11.75 to $12.50 during peak hours and from $9.75 to $10.50 off-peak.

Motorcycles with E-ZPass go from $10.75 to $11.50 during peak hours and from $8.75 to $9.50  off-peak.

Truckers are taking the biggest hit, though.

Drivers of five-axle tractor-trailers will pay $10 more in cash — from $95 to $105 . E-Z Pass tolls also went up $10 — to $90 during peak hours and $85 off-peak.

Small trucks go from $38 to $42 in cash. E-Z Pass peak is now $36 (from $32) and $34 off-peak (from $30).

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the toll hikes at all of its interstate bridges and tunnels will increase revenue by $123 million next year to help fund $3.5 billion in major construction projects.

Nearly $1 billion of that money will go toward completing the World Trade Center complex. Another $15 million is for a new midtown Manhattan bus terminal. And more than $460 million is targeted for rebuilding a terminal at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, N.Y.

The Port Authority says this is the last of the hikes -- for now, anyway -- that began four years ago. The new fares:

Passenger $10.50 (E-ZPass off-peak) $12.50 (E-ZPass peak) $15 (cash)

Motorcycles $9.50 (E-ZPass off-peak) $11.50 (E-ZPass peak) $15 (cash)

Small trucks $34 (E-ZPass off-peak) $36 (E-ZPass peak) $42 (cash)

Tractor-trailers $85 (E-ZPass off-peak) $90 (E-ZPass peak) $105 (cash)

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