The Great Toll Hike

I’d be willing to bet that this has happened to you at least once in your life.

You’re breezing down the highway, hardly paying attention, when all of a sudden, that pesky, blinking sign pops into your vision — “Last exit before toll!” You reach into the glove compartment for the $2 you’ve gotten so used to handing over every time you take this route. As you approach the toll booth, something doesn’t look right. Something is different. You struggle to figure out what’s changed…and then you see it.


Your eyeballs nearly pop out of their sockets, and in your head, you count and re-count the number of axles on the Honda Civic you’re currently piloting, wondering if there has been some sort of mistake, or if you forgot how to count… but there is no mistake—there has been an increase in the toll, and you hurriedly scrounge around in your wallet for $3 more.

When a toll increases, it’s an inconvenience for anyone, no matter what vehicle you drive. But if you’re not in the transportation industry, you probably don’t think about the negative impact it has on truck drivers and transportation companies. Many people don’t even realize that tolls increase steeply depending on the number of axles on your vehicle. For example, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge toll looks like this:

2 axles – $4
3 axles – $8
4 axles – $12
5 axles – $24
6 axles – $30

And the tolls keep increasing. By the year 2015, a trip from Baltimore to New York – which is less than a 200-mile journey – will cost a 5-axle truck a whopping $209 in tolls. Yes, you read that correctly… that’s over a dollar per mile in tolls alone. When you factor in the high price of gas, along with vehicle maintenance costs, it’s easy to understand why the cost of shipping is on the rise!

Luckily, politicians have noticed, and are speaking out against the frequent and dramatic toll hikes in an attempt to bring them to a halt. In New Jersey, Senator Frank Lautenberg has introduced a bill that would allow the secretary of transportation to veto any toll increase that he deemed “too excessive”. This is an important first step to keep the cost of tolls under control, especially in a state like New Jersey, filled with toll-ridden turnpikes and bridges.

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If you’d like to read more about the proposed bill in New Jersey, you can do so here.