JERSEY CITY, N.J. — New York commuters are complaining they're getting stuck with the bill for the new World Trade Center and post-9/11 security projects as authorities moved to double the cost of entering New York City from $8 to $17 per car.
At crowded hearing rooms on both sides of the Hudson River on Tuesday, angry commuters traded turns at the microphone with labor union members who are eager to keep toll money flowing into ground zero and other construction projects managed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Entering New York City would cost motorists $17 by 2014, up from $8 now, if the toll increases are approved. The fare for the PATH trains would rise from $1.75 to $2.75.
Much of the money is going to fund the $11 billion World Trade Center.
The Port Authority's board is to vote on the plan on Friday. Either New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo could veto it within 10 days.