AAA New York and AAA North Jersey are filing a Federal lawsuit in Manhattan today seeking to stop the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from collecting higher tolls on the Authority’s six bridges and tunnels connecting New York and New Jersey. AAA is also asking the United States Court to compel the Authority to turn over the Capital Plan that stands behind the need for toll increases. In its complaint to the Federal court, AAA contends that the Authority’s toll rates contravene Federal law which requires interstate tolls to be set at “just and reasonable” levels. AAA’s lawsuit alleges the predominant reason for the new and unprecedented toll increase is to generate billions of dollars to subsidize projects totally unrelated to transportation — primarily by funding construction costs and related real estate redevelopment costs at the World Trade Center. Congressman Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island) joined AAA’s effort’s to fight the Port Authority’s unlawful toll increases.
You can join the fight against the Port Authority bridge and tunnel toll increases — click here to sign the AAA petition. I did, because I don’t like paying $12 to cross the George Washington Bridge any more than you do. That’s not NYC on the Cheap.