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Essex Assemblyman Proposes Lowering Turnpike Tolls During Pulaski Closure

No major delays reported Monday at the Hudson River crossings on the first weekday of the two-year project.

Essex County Assemblyman Joseph Cryan has proposed lowering New Jersey Turnpike tolls to entice more commuters to use that route during the Pulaski Skyway closure.

"The DOT, which has done a job of rerouting traffic, is dependent on sending a lot of that traffic over to the New Jersey Turnpike, where anyone’s who's been on turnpike knows that those tolls are expensive," Cryan told My9NJ.com. "The idea is to cut the tolls in half during the period of the Pulaski Skyway repairs which is about two years."

There were no major delays reported Monday—the first weekday since the northbound Pulaski lanes were closed Saturday—at the Hudson River crossings, according to NJ.com.

The $1 billion project to rehabilitate the 3.5-mile bridge connecting Newark with Jersey City will keep the northbound lanes closed for the next two years. The New Jersey Department of Transportation has suggested several alternate routes.
Alex C April 15, 2014 at 12:10 AM
Wow. What in incredibly reasonable and all too sensible idea? Won't happen.
FIX April 15, 2014 at 07:23 AM
Dumb idea...Keeping people car dependent even after no major delays reported on day1....proposing toll hikes is always a constant w/ these clowns, but the minute they suspect that commuters may commit to a more sustainable method of travel, they decide there is room in the budget to drop the cost of tolls....maybe the assemblyman has friends in the oil business.
Eric April 15, 2014 at 06:15 PM
It's the cost of having a car. Deal with it or figure out how to use public transportation.
Alex C April 16, 2014 at 07:19 PM
FIX, why would he need a friend in the oil business? The government profits far more off the gasoline sales than the oil companies do. For every gallon sold, the gas companies themselves profit about 2-3 cents per gallon, depending on the company and the year. The State of NJ profits 33 cents per gallon, and the federal government profits 18.5 cents per gallon.

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