KA-CHING: COMMUTE COSTS RISE TODAY

Tokens

Long-awaited increases in the cost of traveling the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike went into effect at 12:01a today.

From the Asbury Park Press, regarding Parkway tolls:

At most booths the price will rise from their current 35-cents to 50-cents. At one-way booths – such as the Raritan Toll Plaza which now collects tolls only on the southbound side – the toll will rise from 70-cents to one dollar.

At the same time toll increases on the New Jersey Turnpike will increase the cost for the average 22-mile trip from $1.20 to $1.70 starting Monday.

The toll from Exit 11 in Woodbridge to Exit 1 at the Delaware Memorial Bridge will rise from $3.40 to $4.75.

Motorists with E-ZPass will receive a discount during off-peak hours with a rise from $3.40 to only $3.50. The off-peak rate applies to E-ZPass users who enter the turnpike outside the rush-hour periods between from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Traveling the average-trip distance of 22 miles on the Turnpikewill cost $1.70, up from $1.25, the Star-Ledger reports.

Read More »