The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is proposing to its board of commissioners the first inflation-based toll increases to its six bridges and tunnels since 2015.
According to the authority, this is in line with the inflation-adjusted schedule mandated by the board in 2008 and reaffirmed in 2011. The automatic increases are triggered when the cumulative impact of inflation on existing toll rates reaches $1, as measured from the last increase.
According to the authority, the cumulative impact of inflation since 2015 will reach this level in 2020, prompting an increase of the cash toll rate at all Port Authority crossings from $15 to $16, as of Jan. 5, 2020.
The proposal makes changes to three other aspects of the toll schedule: discounts for out-of-state E-ZPass accounts; the NY/NJ Staten Island Bridges discount program; and the Carpool Discount program. The proposal addresses changes to PATH’s fare structure with the PATH base fare remaining at its current $2.75 for a single trip but reducing the discount for PATH multi-trip fares.
The proposal also includes increases to the AirTrain fares at JFK and Newark airports, which have not changed since 2003 and 2005, respectively. An airport ground transportation access fee is proposed to be charged to all for-hire vehicles and taxis, consistent with the practice at peer airports.
These proposals will be the subject of a series of six public hearings held in multiple locations in New York and New Jersey during both the morning and evening hours to ensure the public has ample opportunity to share its views with commissioners, according to the authority. The hearings will present an update of the agency’s record levels of investment in the region’s infrastructure and the proposed changes in toll, fare, and fee structure, according to the authority.