Thursday, September 20, 2012
Truckers at New York Container Terminal reportedly pay exorbitant tolls
Truckers using the New York Container Terminal must pay an average of $40.25 more in tolls than those who use New Jersey terminals, according to a Port Authority study cited by Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.
An average trip to Jersey City Terminal costs $43.09, 26 percent above the $34.12 average truckers pay for a 20-mile trip, according to the American Transportation Research Institute.
However, the 20-mile trip to the NYCT costs $83.34, and means that New York Terminal truckers are paying 144 percent more than the national average, Malliotakis reported on Wednesday. The $40.25 paid in tolls is the difference.
"That is the figure the Port Authority doesn't want the public to see, because it proves that their toll structure operates as a boon to New Jersey's economy while putting New York at a disadvantage," she said.
Malliotakis, who has taken the Port Authority to court to compel the release of a study on the economic impact of bridge tolls on truckers headed to Howland Hook. "With these tolls scheduled to reach $18 per axle by 2015, the Port Authority has levied a death sentence."
"According to the Port Authority's annual report, it is making a $157 million profit after maintenance costs of the three bridges, making the toll hikes unjust and unreasonable," said Malliotakis, who represents the East Shore/Brooklyn.
For more of the Staten Island Live story: silive.com
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