"Rich Barone, director of transportation programs for the Regional Plan Association, was more cautious.
Barone said that previous toll hikes were sold to commuters with the promise that profits would be spent on particular improvements, such as the Access to the Region’s Core trans-Hudson rail tunnel. After such projects were scrapped, the toll hikes remained in place.
'To say they are doing it for inflation is not something people are going to be thrilled about,' Barone said. 'In future, if the Port Authority intends to use tolls to pay for their projects, they have to do a much better job explaining why they need money and how it will be used, and sticking to that.'"
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