- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2020

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Some drivers are demanding that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority postpone its $24 billion capital plan and proposed toll hikes until the coronavirus pandemic ends.

Speakers at a virtual authority meeting on Tuesday were particularly averse to widening 14 sections of the Turnpike and Garden State Parkway because of air pollution concerns. Some environmental and transit group members also warned that expanding the number of lanes could ultimately lead to more traffic congestion, NJ.com reported.

The authority is proposing raising tolls up to 36% on the New Jersey Turnpike and up to 27% on the Garden State Parkway. The additional revenue will help fund a long-term capital plan that includes several road-widening and bridge repair projects.

Under the proposed rates, a passenger car traveling the length of the turnpike from southern New Jersey to New York City would pay $18.85, up from $13.85. Garden State Parkway tolls would rise from 50 cents to 65 cents in some places and $1.50 to $1.90 in others.

No date has been set for the turnpike board to vote on the toll and capital plans.



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