As a AAA member and a motorist in New Jersey I urge you to reevaluate the recent Port Authority of New York and New Jersey toll increases that are both excessive and unacceptable because instead of fixing our deteriorating bridges and tunnels it funds non-related real-estate project cost overruns.
The toll increases come at a time when the region’s roads and bridges are deteriorating and congested. Although toll revenues from Port Authority bridges and tunnels far exceed their operating costs, every one of the Port Authority’s four bridges is classified as “functionally obsolete” by the Federal Highway Administration. The Port Authority should stick to its core mission and focus on fixing their badly outdated transportation infrastructure, thereby creating jobs and benefiting the entire region.
I strongly encourage you to look at the allocations of the Authority’s toll increase and make certain each of those projects clearly and only address commuters’ needs and only funds needed transportation infrastructure improvements.
New Jersey commuters clearly expect to pay their fair share of transportation costs, however the tolls collected must be used for the intended purpose of ensuring the safety and mobility of all motorists.
It is up to you to ensure the Authority keeps that trust and sticks to its core mission and re-build or repair our poorly maintained, badly outdated and “functionally obsolete” transportation infrastructure.