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Bill addresses toll increases

| December 19, 2011

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) have introduced a bill aimed at preventing unreasonable toll increases.

The bill was in response to a toll increase proposed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Port Authority oversaw a package of toll hikes designed to balance its budget and pay for a number of non-transportation costs.

The Grimm-Lautenberg legislation would let DOT determine if toll increases are “just and reasonable,” a power the agency had until 1987, and allow DOT to override what it deems excessive and unjustified increases.

  • David E.

    Since this country runs on the backs of trucks and their drivers, don’t you think is about time Washington cuts the trucking industry some slack? How about cutting all tolls in half for trucks and up the tolls on cars? Cutting the taxes on diesel fuel to match the cars or making it less. It does not cost as much to refine diesel as it does gas, so why the higher price? Lets start spreading the cost a little more equally among cars and trucks. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.