Bill addresses toll increases

Updated Dec 22, 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.

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