NJ Turnpike Tolls to Remain Flat in 2017, but Speeding Ticket Numbers Are Guaranteed to Spike

NJ.com reports, “Tolls will not go up on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway next year, but the [turnpike authority] is hiring 15 more State Troopers” — at a cost of $1.1 million — “to dole out tickets. The [agency’s $1.74 billion 2017 budget] also forecasts a 1 percent decrease in traffic on the Turnpike and a 1 percent increase on the Parkway in 2017, due to reopening of the Pulaski Skyway in both directions next fall.” The report adds, “A new contractor to run the E-Z Pass system will save $5 million and [nine new maintenance jobs] are being offset by five retirements, said Donna Manuelli, chief financial officer. The authority also plans to sell surplus real estate, expected to generate $1.1 million.”