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Overdrive Staff | February 01, 2012

 

 

 

Higher truck rates in New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania were among toll increases implemented in several locations the first of the year.

 

 

 

Rates for travel between one or two interchanges may not change, the Ohio Turnpike Commission said. The new rates were approved by the Ohio Turnpike Commission in March 2009. View 2012 rates at ohioturnpike.org.

Cash tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike rose 10 percent on Jan. 1, while E-ZPass rates stayed the same.

For a trucker driving from the Ohio border to the Delaware River Bridge, the five-axle cash rate increased to $185.50 from $168.60. Rates are unchanged for E-ZPass customers, who account for about two-thirds of Turnpike travelers, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said.

The increase is applied to all vehicle classes on all Turnpike sections except the Southern Beltway (Turnpike 576) in Allegheny and Washington counties, where rates are unchanged, the PTC said. For details, go to paturnpike.com.

In New Jersey, cash five-axle rates for the length of the New Jersey Turnpike jumped more than 50 percent to $49.75 from $32.50. E-ZPass tolls increased to $45.45 from $29.70. Garden State Parkway tolls rose 50 percent.

This is the second phase of a two-phase toll increase approved in 2008. Visit www.state.nj.us/turnpike for details.

— Staff reports

— Jill Dunn

 

 

SHORT HAULS

A FORMER FEDERAL Motor Carrier Safety Administration official in New York state was sentenced to 18 months in prison for accepting bribes from trucking companies.

James H. Wood, 45, of Delevan, N.Y., former supervisor of the Buffalo office of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, pled guilty in June to taking bribes from third parties working for Canadian trucking companies. Wood also was ordered to forfeit $41,300.

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION trade between the United States and Canada and Mexico rose 12 percent in October over a year earlier to $79 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. U.S.-Canada trade increased 14 percent year-over-year, while U.S.-Mexico gained 9 percent.

 

 

Baltimore bridge tolls rising

Tolls on Baltimore Harbor bridges and tunnels were raised Jan. 1, the first of two toll hikes over the next 17 months.

The cash rate for five-axle vehicles on the JFK Highway (I-95) and the Hatem Memorial Bridge (U.S. 40) rose from $30 to $36 and will increase to $48 on July 1, 2013.

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