New Jersey Turnpike Authority approves plan to increase Turnpike, Garden State Parkway tolls

David Madden
May 27, 2020 - 4:47 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  Tolls will be going up on New Jersey’s three major toll roads come September.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which runs the Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway, approved a plan to increase tolls 36% on the Turnpike and 27% on the Parkway to fund some $24 billion on capital improvements on both highways.

The South Jersey Transportation Authority, which operates the Atlantic City Expressway, approved its own 37% toll increase to provide some $500 million in additional revenue for capital projects.

All toll changes are to take effect on Sept. 13.

Opponents of the changes insisted the increases were the last thing drivers needed in the midst of a pandemic and suggested they were rushed through with little public input.

Gov. Phil Murphy, reacting to the vote, said that in time, “when folks see the specifics of what this means, I think they will understand.”