On top of higher gas prices, travelers are about to get hit by a rate increase on Delaware River tolls, just in time for Independence Day travel.
The toll increase, which takes effect Friday, July 1st at 2 a.m., will impact drivers crossing the Walt Whitman, Ben Franklin, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges (only when traveling from New Jersey into Pennsylvania). The 25% increase from $4 to $5 was approved in the summer of 2010 and signs reminding drivers of the increase went up this morning.
On top of tolls, gas prices are already considerably higher than they were a year ago at this time. On June 27, 2010, gas prices in the Philadelphia region averaged $2.77 a gallon, compared with today’s $3.70 average, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report.
In New Jersey, tolls around the state average $3.63, with popular passageways like the George Washington Bridge and the Holland/Lincoln Tunnels into New York City requiring an $8 payment.
New York averaged the highest toll costs states on the east cost, coming in at $5.29.