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Assemblywoman Lisa Swain and Assemblyman Chris Tully slammed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey over far hikes the organization approved last week.
“We strongly condemn the steep across-the-board hikes that will negatively impact hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents,” the two said in a joint statement. “While we fully the support the goal of improving our transit infrastructure, forcing these types of rate hikes on drivers and PATH riders is the wrong approach.”
The fare hikes would add a dollar to round-trip bridge and tunnel cash tolls by 2020 and raise E-ZPass tolls from $12.50 to a peak of $13.75.
Multi-day PATH cards will see their prices rise as well, from $21 to $26 for a 10-day pass and from $89 to $110.25 for a 30-day pass.
“As legislators, we will be looking closely at the finances of all agencies involved in our mass transit system and will work to find more equitable and fiscally responsible solutions that don’t force hard-working New Jerseyans to foot the bill,” the assembly members said.