TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer introduced a resolution to keep commuter costs down by sparing certain buses and minibuses from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s proposed increases to tolls, fares and fees.
“People shouldn’t have to work more to afford going to work,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “It is unconscionable that the Port Authority would create its highest toll increases for the very people who are most likely unable to afford the increases and completely depend on the affordability of bus service.”
According to reports, individuals with lower incomes tend to depend on bus services for their daily needs. Approximately 30 percent of bus riders nationwide have an annual household income under $15,000, and nearly 70 percent have an annual household income below $50,000.
“These increases will have a direct financial impact on New Jersey commuters and impact people’s ability to get to and from work,” said Dancer.
By 2026, the off-peak E-ZPass toll rate for Port Authority bridges and tunnels is scheduled to reach $16.00 per vehicle, while mini buses will increase to $21.00. The peak hour E-ZPass toll rate is scheduled to increase by 65%, while cash toll rates for buses and mini buses will increase by 25 percent and 23 percent, respectively.
“It would be in the best interest of the general public to exempt buses and minibuses entirely from the proposed toll increases,” said Dancer.