Drivers will have to dig deeper into their wallets this weekend when toll increases go into effect at Port Authority bridges and tunnels, and tolls are reinstated at two MTA bridges in the Rockaways.
As of 12:01 a.m. today, tolls that had been suspended Nov. 4 after superstorm Sandy will be reinstated on the MTA's Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and Cross Bay Veterans Bridge. The tolls range from $1.19 for a Rockaway resident E-ZPass to $3.25 for cars paying cash.
As of 3 a.m. tomorrow, tolls on Port Authority crossings going into New York City for passenger car drivers paying cash will rise from $12 to $13; for off-peak drivers using E-ZPass, from $7.50 to $8.25; and for peak drivers using E-ZPass, from $9.50 to $10.25, according to the Port Authority website. Tolls on trucks will rise $2 per axle.
The increases will be in effect for those using the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; George Washington, Bayonne and Goethals bridges; and the Outerbridge Crossing.
Peak hours are from 6 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends.
The hike puts further pressure on drivers who are "already overburdened by excess tolls, fees, surcharges, high gas prices and gas taxes and a nearly depleted state highway fund," said Robert Sinclair Jr., AAA New York manager of media relations, in a release.
AAA has filed a lawsuit challenging the toll hikes.
With an eye to improving the Port Authority's financial condition, toll increases were approved in August 2011, raising rates each year through 2015.