Illegal toll hike in NJ?
Do you think the revenue received because of the proposed toll-hike should be used to help fund the upcoming Trans Hudson Express tunnel (THE Tunnel)?
Senator Questions Toll Hike Plan
A Republican state senator is questioning whether it’s legal for revenue from the proposed toll hikes on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway to fund a new rail tunnel between New Jersey and Manhattan. Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) says state law prohibits toll revenue from the two roads to be used for anything but toll road expansion and maintenance.
The Turnpike Authority, which runs both toll roads, proposed toll increases Sept. 4 that would more than double the cost of tolls by 2012. The revenue, the authority announced, would be used to improve the toll roads and contribute more than $1 billion toward a new rail tunnel.
“The Trans-Hudson tunnel is a vital component in modernizing and expanding New Jersey transportation infrastructure,” Lance said. “However, it is obvious that a multi-billion-dollar trans-Hudson rail tunnel is neither a highway project nor an interim project.”
Gov. Jon S. Corzine said that the plan has been “thoroughly” reviewed by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the Attorney General’s office, which have deemed it “legal and appropriate.” Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri, who is also chairman of the Turnpike Authority’s board, said the rail tunnel would reduce congestion on the Turnpike.