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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved a package of toll and fare hikes to raise funds for large-scale improvements.
Executive director Rick Cotton says: "We don't want to impose increases. But we must, on the other hand, support investment in our ageing, legacy facilities. Our infrastructure facilities are, simply, sub-par."
A report in CTPost suggests the major projects include upgrades of LaGuardia, JFK and Newark Liberty airports, a new AirTrain serving LaGuardia and a new monorail at Newark - plus a replacement of the Port Authority bus terminal in New York.
For bridges and tunnels connecting New York and New Jersey, people will pay an extra $1.00 from January. E-ZPass discounts will be reduced by 25 cents and carpool discounts will be obsolete. Bus tolls will rise $1.00 while the discount bridge toll rate for those living in Staten Island will increase 60 cents to $6.88.
Single trips on the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rail will remain $2.75, but the 10-, 20- and 40-trip discount of $2.10 will increase to $2.50 in November and to $2.60 a year later. Additionally, air trains would rise from $5.00 at JFK airport and $5.50 from Newark airport to $7.75.
Pick-up and drop-off fees to airports will cost $2.59 for app-based vehicles and $1.25 for taxis.