Port Authority Raises Bridge And Tunnel Tolls

NEW YORK (AP) — Cash tolls increased Sunday on bridges and tunnels owned by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Cash tolls on the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing went up Sunday from $8 to $12. For trucks it's $13 per axle.

The agency had originally proposed even steeper toll increases, but was forced to scale back after the governors of New York and New Jersey threatened to veto them.

The Port Authority's coffers have been hit hard by security-related projects following the 9/11 attacks, a drop in revenue caused by the global economic slump, and the $11 billion World Trade Center complex.

The Automobile Association for America (AAA) urged the Department of Transportion to block The Port Authority's plans to increase toll fares by almost 50 percent. The AAA said the agency was violating federal law by using commuter money towards World Trade Center construction.