Toll increases approved last week will take effect when the new E-ZPass electronic toll system is finished. Officials expect that to be between late July and September.
The Delaware River Port Authority says it needs the increases to fund $756 million in capital projects in its five-year budget plan. It has earmarked about $500 million for bridge and rail improvements.
The cost for a five-axle tractor-trailer will go up from $15 to $22.50. For those equipped with EZPass, the cost will be $20.25. For cars the bridge toll is increasing from $2 to $3. Bridge tolls have gone up three times in the past 20 years, most recently in 1992.