Date: Jan 23, 2012
Press Release Number: 6-2012
Plan Will Put Money Back in the Pockets of Thousands of Port Authority Customers Starting February 1
Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie today announced that the Port Authority will launch a plan on February 1 that will save more E-ZPass customers 50 percent on tolls when crossing the Port Authority's Goethals and Bayonne bridges and Outerbridge Crossing.
The plan, developed at the request of the two governors following the August 2011 toll increase, will ease the burden on residents in New Jersey and New York who use the crossings.
Beginning February 1, E-ZPass users with non-commercial plates who enroll in the plan will pay $47.50 for 10 trips in a 30-day period, costing them $4.75 a trip, a 50 percent savings. The standard E-ZPass peak toll rate without the discount plan is $9.50.
Drivers who commute five times a week over the crossings can save nearly $1,200 a year on their E-ZPass rush-hour tolls, and $1,800 a year off the cash toll. This amounts to savings of between $100 and $150 per month.
The new discount plan improves on an existing discount by benefitting commuters who use the crossings less frequently.
Under the plan, subscribers pay $47.50 for 10 trips in a 30-day period, which gives them the full discount. However, commuters who make at least six trips will yield savings compared to the standard toll rate.
Governor Cuomo said, "You asked for relief and we delivered. This plan will save thousands of commuters hard-earned cash each time they go over one of these bridges, putting more money in their pockets at the end of each month."
Governor Christie said, "We value all of the customers and every dollar that they pay at Port Authority crossings. In the first week of this program, travelers will see immediate savings in their pockets and not in the pockets of a government agency. This discount strikes a common sense balance between the Port Authority's need to invest in its interstate transportation system and meeting the needs of frequent customers."
The discounted Staten Island bridge toll rates will be adjusted for the years 2012 through 2015 in accordance with the toll and fare increase approved by the Board in August. Under the plan, 10 trips will cost:
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Steve Coleman, 212 435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which does not receive tax dollars from either state, operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Port Authority-Port Jersey Marine Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.