Drivers who use the Trenton-Morrisville Route 1 Toll Bridge should know a fare increase is just over the horizon.
The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission announced toll hikes for all of its bridges Monday. It’s the first of its kind in ten years.
A statement from the DRJTB states the fare will “offset continuing COVID-19-induced toll revenue declines.”
The move follows the trend of charging more for Cash and TOLL BY PLATE than for E-ZPass users.
Starting April 11, the charge for E-ZPass will go up a quarter – from $1 to $1.25. But for cash payers, the cost of using a DRJTBC bridge will go from a buck to $3.
The frequent commuter discount will also drop off from a 40 percent discount to just 20 percent, with the goal of eliminating it entirely by early 2024.
In summary, DRJTBC released eight points encapsulating the changes:
- Provide a uniform toll schedule for the DRJTBC’s eight toll bridges at: Milford-Montague (Route 206), Delaware Water Gap (I-80), Portland-Columbia (Routes 611, 46 and 94), Easton-Phillipsburg (Route 22), I-78, New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202), Scudder Falls (I-295) and Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1).
- Establish a two-tier toll adjustment for Class 1 passenger vehicles starting April 11; to $1.25 for E-ZPass, $3 for cash, and $3 for TOLL BY PLATE (Scudder Falls).
- Set the added toll for Class 1 passenger vehicles with bumper-hitch trailers in tow at $2 starting April 11.
- Authorize the Class 1 E-ZPass passenger vehicle toll to be $1.50 in January 2024.
- Maintain a frequency-based Class 1 E-ZPass commuter discount for 2021 through 2023 at 20 percent (applied retroactively on 16 or more trips across DRJTBC toll bridges in a calendar month with a Commission-affiliated E-ZPass tag) starting May 1.
- Eliminate the Class 1 E-ZPass commuter discount in its entirety in January 2024.
- Establish a uniform commercial vehicle rate table (Class 2 and above) and set new two-tier rates for trucks, buses and other commercial vehicles (defined as any vehicle with two or more axles and eight-feet or above in height) at $4.50 per-axle for E-ZPass, $5 per-axle for cash, and $5 per-axle for TOLL BY PLATE (Scudder Falls) starting April 11.
- Eliminate the off-peak E-ZPass discount for commercial vehicles (Class 2 and above) starting April 11.