Quick vote on toll increases planned

October 10, 2008 5:02:55 AM PDT
It's life in the fast lane for a proposal to raise tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. Turnpike Authority commissioners plan to vote on the revised plan just hours after a special public hearing on Friday.

The authority originally proposed three toll increases over 15 years that would have raised $11 billion.

Under the new plan, turnpike and parkway tolls would increase this year and in 2012, raising $8.25 billion. The money would widen the tolls roads and partially fund a new rail tunnel into New York City.

The authority reworked the plan following public opposition and Gov. Jon S. Corzine said he would reject the more extensive increase unveiled last month.

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