Sunday, September 13, 2020 3:02 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The first part of a one-two punch for New Jersey drivers takes effect Sunday with hikes on the state's two major toll roads. The state turnpike authority approved the increases in May over objections of residents who criticized the timing during the pandemic. Tolls will rise 36% on the New Jersey Turnpike and 27% on the Garden State Parkway. Officials say the increases are needed to fund an ambitious capital improvement program and provide critical funding for New Jersey Transit. Next month, the state's gas tax is scheduled to rise about 9 cents to maintain the state's transportation trust fund, as required by law.