Point Boro council opposes upcoming toll hike increase

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Point Pleasant Borough Hall

POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Borough Council decided to write an oppositional resolution to Trenton and the New Jersey Turnpike Commissioners regarding the upcoming toll hike increases during its Monday night meeting.

The reaction comes from a state-wide plan to increase tolls on the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike by three percent, starting in January 2022. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority [NJTA] claims that the gained revenue will go towards roadway infrastructure costs.

“The Turnpike Authority without being transparent and open to the public are basically sneaking this one in,” Mayor Robert Sabosik said. “Point Pleasant has a large number of residents whose jobs rely heavily on traveling the Parkway and Turnpike and also has a large number of residents who use these roadways to get to medical appointments, recreation activities and other destinations on a regular basis.”

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The borough’s reaction goes hand in hand with New Jersey lawmakers’, many of whom are trying to pass bills that would reduce toll prices by 50 cents.

According to one of the proposed bills, introduced by Sen. Nia H. Gill, the bill “reduces all NJTA toll rates by fifty cents from the toll rate applicable on September 14, 2020 and prohibits the NJTA from increasing any existing toll or from establishing any new toll until after December 31, 2024.”

The council’s biggest concern to the toll hike increases is the effect it would have on Ocean County commuters, who use the roadways daily to get to work. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ocean County has the eighth most commuters in the state, with 9.2 percent more commuters than the state average.

“Approximately 40 miles of Garden State Parkway run through Ocean County, our residents will be among the hardest hit in the whole State by this increase approved by the Turnpike Commissioners,” Councilwoman Charlene Archer said. “This Mayor and Council are joining the voices of our County Commissioners and Legislators representing Point Pleasant in the State Legislature in opposing this increase.”

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