Port Authority delaying plan to cut carpool discount

BY Julie Daurio, Producer |

The carpool discount at Hudson River crossings will remain in effect – for now.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had previously announced the discount would end Jan. 5 as the agency made way for cashless toll systems.

But the plan to end the discount was met with a chorus of opposition from commuters and lawmakers.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the bi-state agency said they’d reconsidered the deadline.

“Our approach will maintain the carpool toll discount program at each Port Authority toll plaza, until such time as those plazas no longer accept cash payments, and toll takers are removed from the toll plazas” said Port Authority spokesperson Steve Coleman.

Cars with three or more people are eligible for a discounted toll – cut from $15 to $6.50 – but the program requires a toll booth operator to verify the number of passengers in the car.

The Port Authority anticipates the changeover to cashless tolls will come in late 2020 or early 2021.