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Report: NJ Turnpike ´most
profitable´ toll road in nation

NJ.com, by Anthony G. Attrino

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Posted By:Ribicon, 7/23/2013 1:18:55 PM

Woodbridge – The New Jersey Turnpike Authority collected $992 million in tolls last year, making it the most profitable toll road in the nation, according to the toll industry newsletter “Toll Roads News.” Second was the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which collected $781 million in tolls in 2012. The Garden State Parkway was listed sixth on the list with $402 million in toll revenue collected last year. The analysis did not include bridge and tunnel authorities, such as the Port Authority or New York’s MTA. The Turnpike’s operating expenses were $378 million and the authority had a cash flow of $614 million, according to

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Reporter is unclear on the definitions of revenue and profit, no surprise there.

But fact remains that nearly a billion dollars were taken from commuters last year, aided and abetted by the latest media-foisted Electable Republican.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bpl40, 7/23/2013 1:43:52 PM     (No. 9438537)

That is a euphemism for overpriced.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Thos Weatherby, 7/23/2013 1:45:54 PM     (No. 9438542)

Are they getting their money´s worth?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jackson, 7/23/2013 2:06:08 PM     (No. 9438569)

It costs about $28 to travel from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh on the PA Turnpike. Legal extortion - and soon no tolls, they will just take your picture entering and exiting and send you a bill. And if you make better time than you should? a speeding ticket. Aint technology grand?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: calicojack, 7/23/2013 2:17:44 PM     (No. 9438584)

You have to pay to get out.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: formerNYer, 7/23/2013 3:29:04 PM     (No. 9438724)

When i lived in NY I got ripped off by tolls wherevere I went, no longer.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 7/23/2013 3:30:38 PM     (No. 9438728)

Ummm - - weren´t we told that the tolls would disappear once the road was paid for?

And - - why would a government seek to "profit" from road users? Aren´t profits supposed to be exploitative creations lusted after by evil capitalists?

Just wondering.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 7/23/2013 3:32:42 PM     (No. 9438732)

Because there isn´t a serious alternative between Baltimore and NYC. Monopolies are nice when they´re your´s.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 7/23/2013 9:32:50 PM     (No. 9439212)

The writer doesn´t seem to know the difference between revenue and profit.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Question_Assumptions, 7/24/2013 3:28:51 PM     (No. 9440616)

There are viable alternatives to the New Jersey Turnpike, Pennsylvania Turnpike, and 95 in Maryland and Delaware if you don´t want to pay a toll. I´ve taken them. In fact, the non-toll alternatives are frequently better options when there is any significant congestion on the toll road.

I don´t think conservatives should have to be reminded that there is no such thing a free lunch, and if the money doesn´t come from tolls, it will come from elsewhere. The motor fuel tax on gas in New Jersey is 14.5 cents per gallon. Only Alaska and Wyoming pay less. By comparison, it´s 16.9 cents in Florida, 18 cents in Alabama, 20 cents in Texas, 22 cents in Colorado, 23 cents in Delaware, 23.5 cents in Maryland, 25 cents in Connecticut, 25 cents in Kansas, 26.6 cents in New York, 28 cents in Ohio, 29.9 cents in Kentucky, 31.2 cents in Pennsylvania, 34.7 cents in West Virginia, 37.75 cents in North Carolina, and 43 cents in California.

Gas prices in New Jersey are frequently the lowest in the region, especially when compared to adjacant areas of neighboring states, even though state law requires an attendant to pump your gas for you.

Requiring users to pay for high-volume highways means that people who never drive them don´t have to pay for them. While I rarely drive the NJ Turnpike today, I´ve driven it daily to work and had toll-free alternatives if I had wanted them. Further, the tolls guarantee that cars and trucks crossing the state without stopping are charged for using the roads instead of burdening the state´s taxpapers with the bill for their use. I find it difficult to see how eliminating the tolls and adding those roads to the state´s transportation department would benefit the state or its taxpayers.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Question_Assumptions, 7/24/2013 3:33:05 PM     (No. 9440621)

On the other hand, #3´s point about them identifying license places to bill drivers does bother me, and it´s why I have never gotten an EZPass and continue to pay cash for tolls. I don´t think the government needs a record of where I was and how long it took me to drive place to place. I don´t mind paying a user fee for using a road or bridge. I do mind being tracked as I move around by the government. Unfortunately, it sounds like it´s too late to object to that.

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