TRENTON, N.J.— The New Jersey Turnpike Authority voted Wednesday to increase tolls on two of the state’s major highways.
The board’s 7-0 decision came despite pleas from many people to delay the vote because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Beginning Sept. 13, tolls will increase by 36% on the New Jersey Turnpike and by 27% on the Garden State Parkway.
On average, the toll hike is about an additional $1.30 on the New Jersey Turnpike. The cost of the Parkway’s cash tolls at mainline plazas will jump about 40 cents.
The toll hikes will help fund a $24 billion construction capital plan that spans several decades.
Earmarked construction projects include widening sections of the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway, permanently implementing cashless toll payment and replacing a bridge between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.