NJ Commuters Prepare for Big Toll Hikes

The long, smoldering New Jersey-New York border war over congestion pricing escalates next week with public hearings on rising tolls that could cost NJ commuters $ 3,000 a year.

Officially known as the “Central Business District Tolling Program,” it charges rush-hour tolls to enter the most congested parts of Manhattan. The money collected, estimated at $ 1 billion per year, would be used to issue bonds for the Capitol Upgrade of New York’s bus and subway system.

There has been strong opposition from New Jersey officials. The tolls would be on top of what’s already paid at Hudson River crossings and could add thousands of dollars to commuter costs each year.

Supporters say the surcharges would encourage more people to use NJ Transit and give the state more resources to solve our infrastructure problems.

The Central Business District Toll Program (CBDTP) would reduce traffic and help the MTA improve its transit system. Vehicles entering or staying in Manhattan’s Central Business District (CBD) would be subject to a toll. Previous studies have shown that programs similar to CBDTP can improve air quality. Investing in an improved transit system could help promote equity by providing greater access to the system. – Declaration of MTA

New Jersey Congressmen Jeff Van Drew and Josh Gottheimer introduced federal legislation to suspend federal funding for transportation in New York City until New Jersey residents are exempt from the congestion pricing plan. Alternatively, Jersey residents would be offered a tax credit equal to any increase in travel expenses.

Virtual hearings on the toll plan begin next week. New Jersey commuters have a dedicated audience on September 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. If you wish to testify, you must pre-register at https://new.mta.info/project/CBDTP or by calling (646) 252-6777.

You can also leave written comments on the MTA-NYC website or by calling (646) -252-7440.

All audiences can be viewed at: https://new.mta.info/project/CBDTP

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Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to the states, some organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States, advocate standardized federal legislation that would prohibit owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets. company.

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New Jersey is tied for first place (with Kentucky) with a 43% growth in the craft beer scene from 2015 to 2019, according to C + R Research.

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