A Port Authority study shows that truckers using the New York Container Terminal pay on average $40.25 more in tolls than haulers going to New Jersey terminals, according to Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn).
Malliotakis said in a Staten Island Advance report that an average 20-mi. trip costs $83.34, which is 144% above the national average.
“That is the figure the Port Authority doesn’t want the public to see, because it proves that their toll structure operates as a boon to New Jersey’s economy while putting New York at a disadvantage,” she said.
Malliotakis said a recent report issued by the American Transportation Research Institute shows the average cost of a 20-mi. trip in the nationwide trucking industry is approximately $34.12, accounting for variables like fuel, equipment, maintenance, insurance, permits, licenses and tolls.
She said an average trip to Jersey City Global Terminal costs $43.09, or 26% above the national average, while NYCT truckers pay $83.34 or 144% more.
“Factor in $40.25 for tolls, and there is the difference,” Malliotakis said.
Malliotakis is in a court battle with the Port Authority to release its study on the economic impact of bridge tolls on truckers.
“With these tolls scheduled to reach $18 per axle by 2015, the Port Authority has levied a death sentence,” she said.