NJ toll hikes in authority's hands

September 25, 2008 5:50:54 AM PDT
Now that the public has been heard on proposed toll increases on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway, it's up to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and Gov. Jon Corzine to decide whether to move ahead with them. In public hearings that ended Wednesday, speakers were split on the planned hikes. And some were steamed that the hearings were held during working hours rather than the evening.

Some commuters objected to having to pay more; others liked the prospect of using the additional revenues to widen roads.

Citizens may still submit written comments until Oct. 1.

The proposed increases would raise tolls by 50 percent.

It's up to the Turnpike Authority to approve any increases, though the governor has veto power.

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