Prediction: No one will want to drive by the end of 2022.
Gas prices continue to kill the inner lining of our wallets and when you add the cost of car maintenance, upkeep and tolls, working from home is looking better and better.
Or maybe a company car or credit card?
According to NJ.com, the tolls on the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike is increasing for the third f***king year in a row. All price changes will go into effect on January 1st, 2023.
I'm not happy if you couldn't tell.
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The increase in toll cost is happening for a few reasons: inflation, global supply chain, construction projects and a higher volume of traffic on our roadways.
“The budget anticipates about 12 million more (toll) transactions in 2023 than there were in 2022,”said Tom Feeney, a Turnpike Authority spokesman according to NJ.com. “Transactions cost money to process. When the number of transactions increases, the cost to process them grows.”
Now let's get to the numbers.
Tolls are going to be increase by 3% so these new prices are probably going to have the same effect as everything else.
The new prices aren't catastrophic but will definitely add up overtime.
Let's talk about the Garden State Parkway first and believe it or not, having an E-ZPass will benefit you.
Current Cost for E-ZPass Drivers: $1.96
2023 Cost For E-ZPass Drivers: $2.02
Current Cost for Cash Users (with one-way toll collection): $2.00
2023 Cost for Cash Users (with one-way toll collection): $2.10
Current Cost for Toms River Toll Plaza (E-ZPass): $.97
2023 Cost for Toms River Toll Plaza (E-ZPass): $1.01
Current Cost for Toms River Toll Plaza (Cash): $1.00
2023 Cost for Toms River Toll Plaza (Cash): $1.05
Okay, now lets get into the new prices for the New Jersey Turnpike.
Current Cost for Passenger Cars: $4.95
2023 Cost for Passenger Cars: $5.10
Current Cost to drive from Edison to Newark: $5.65
2023 Cost to drive from Edison to Newark: $5.85
Current Cost for "Peak Period" E-ZPass Tolls - $5.62
2023 Cost for "Peak Period" E-ZPass tolls - $5.79
Current Cost for "Off Peak" E-ZPass Tolls: $4.22
2023 Cost for "Off Peak" E-ZPass Tolls: $4.35
I did not know that we are charged different amounts depending on the time of day. Talk about a rip off.
This is just yet another one of those announcements that has me profusely sweating because the cost of life has me stressed and anxious.
Soon, I swear, air will cost money.
While we are on the topic of driving, let's see if you remember the basics.
Who knows! You might fail this test and then the price increase on tolls won't even matter:
Can You Pass This Simple New Jersey Driver's Test?