Archive for December 1st, 2008

Monday, December 01st, 2008 | Author: admin

Today new toll rates went into effect for vehicles traveling on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike.  Yes, I travel on both of these roads every week and I hate tolls.

These are not small increases.  On the Parkway, the price at most booths will rise from .35 to .50 or an almost 43% increase.  Where else can you raise your prices by 43% and get away with it?  The Turnpike is just as bad where the average ride will increase from $1.20 to $1.70 or an almost 42% rise.

Tollpalooza
Creative Commons License photo credit: bovinity

Many drivers will continue to ride these roads and pay the increases since there are not many options.  Others will attempt to avoid the tolls and look for free alternatives.  This will result in more congestion on these roads and increase the already bad traffic.  Ultimately this means longer commutes with more wasted time and gas.

So why the increase?  These additional revenues are to be used to fund various construction projects at a cost of over $8 billion.  Yes, $8 billion, plus committing another $1.25 billion for a tunnel to Manhattan.

Am I the only one who thinks this is an incredible waste of our money?  Just what we need in a bad economy, higher commuting costs.