NEW YORK -- New York and New Jersey's "ill-conceived and unprecedented" massive toll hike should be stopped the American Trucking Associations told Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo.
ATA president and CEO Bill Graves called on the respective governors to reconsider a plan by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to increase bridge and tunnel tolls between $2 and $5 per axle for commercial vehicles.
The toll hikes will mean an extra $50 per five-axle truck for E-Z Pass over five years.
Drivers paying cash would have to fork over an additional $3 per axle, per trip. By 2015, the toll price would be over $100 for non E-Z Pass users.
That's about three times higher than other comparable bridges nationwide, said Graves.
The ATA figures that under this and other proposed toll-hiking plans in the I-95 corridor, a truck traveling between Baltimore to Manhattan will see tolls rise from $114.25 today to $209.25 in just three years.
"We urge you to veto this proposal, which will not only devastate trucking companies who serve the New York City area, but will also increase the cost of doing business in a region already regarded as among the most expensive in the nation," Graves wrote in a letter yesterday.
Graves wrote that truckers are willing to pay their "fair share" for the roads and bridges, but they vehemently oppose to a plan where "a majority of new revenues will subsidize projects with no benefit to those paying the tolls," such as the Authority's other operations.
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