Don’t be surprised when you open that E-ZPass bill next month! Drivers are now paying higher tolls on some major roadways in New Jersey due to toll increases that took effect Dec. 31.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which operates the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike, raised tolls by 3% starting Saturday, Dec. 31.
The current $1.90 cost for passenger vehicles at Parkway toll plazas has increased to $1.96 for E-ZPass customers and $2 for cash customers. The average passenger vehicle Turnpike toll that now costs $4.80 will rise to $4.95.
Turnpike Authority officials have said the toll increase are needed to fund highway and bridge projects in the agency’s $24 billion capital plan, which it expects to accomplish over more than a decade.
Drivers who use the Atlantic City Expressway will also see a 3% toll increase starting Saturday, Dec. 31 And on Feb. 1, tolls on five Jersey Shore bridges that connect beach towns in Cape May and Atlantic counties will rise from $1.50 to $2 for passenger vehicles.