Commuters who use the Bayonne Bridge as well as other bridges and tunnels from New Jersey to New York will experience an increase in toll rates starting Jan. 5, 2020.
According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), the Lincoln Tunnel, the Holland Tunnel, the George Washington Bridge, the Bayonne Bridge, the Goethals Bridge, and the Outerbridge Crossing will experience toll hikes starting in the new year.
For most vehicles, the price to cross the bridge will now be $11.75. During peak hours, the price bumps up to $13.75. If the toll is paid by mail, the price is now $16.
This is a $1.25 increase from 2019 for E-ZPass customers who use the bridges and tunnels on their commute into New York City. Paying by mail increases the fee by $1 per trip.
PANYNJ cites peak hours as 6-10 a.m. and 4-8 p.m. on weekdays, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekends. All other times are considered normal, or non-peak hours.
The new price for motorcyclists to cross is roughly the same as for cars. During normal hours, motorcyclists will pay $10.75. During peak hours the rate is $12.75. The rate remains $16 to pay by mail.
For trucks, the price for the tolls drops slightly. Sundays-Thursdays, from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., the price of the toll for bridges drops by a few dollars, depending on the number of axles.
For buses, both large and mini, the rate remains the same during peak and non-peak hours. Buses will pay $14 unless the toll is paid by mail. In that case, buses will be charged $25 to cross the bridges or use the tunnels. The Port Authority defines a bus as any vehicle with two or more axles designed with a seating capacity of 10 or more people, including the driver.
E-ZPass users get a break
Despite the increase in toll rates, discount plans for E-ZPass users are still available to reduce the price of the toll.
Under the Carpool Plan, E-ZPass users would pay only $7.75 during peak and non-peak hours, as long as the motorist has a passenger in the vehicle. This applies only to cars, motorcycles, and vehicles with trailers.
However, PANYNJ notes that The Carpool Plan is no longer available at the Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge, and Outerbridge Crossing. E-ZPass users will still be able to use the Carpool Plan at the Lincoln Tunnel, the Holland Tunnel, and the George Washington Bridge for a little while longer.
The Carpool Plan will be phased out entirely after the implementation of cashless tolls at the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and the George Washington Bridge. However, the PANYNJ doesn’t anticipate that will happen until later in 2020, possibly even early 2021.
The Green Pass allows E-ZPass users to enroll for discounts depending on the environmental impact of their cars. Eligible low-emission-class vehicles would pay $8.25 during normal hours, increasing to $13.75 during peak hours.
The last discount plan is the Staten Island Bridges Plan. Motorists who used the bridges into Staten Island would pay only $6.88 during peak and non-peak hours under this plan. But to get the $6.88 price, motorists would need to cross the bridge at least three times per month.
If E-ZPass users enroll but cross the bridge only once during a month, they will pay $11.75 during peak and non-peak hours. This applies only to cars, motorcycles, and vehicles with trailers.
Tolls are collected only when entering New York. No tolls are collected entering New Jersey.
The Bayonne Bridge, the Goethals Bridge, and the Outerbridge Crossing no longer accept cash toll payments.
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