Sunday, January 20, 2008

Why would anyone stay in New Jersey?


Although the study, prepared by a transportation consulting firm, did not specifically ask drivers how they would react if Mr. Corzine's plan to increase tolls by 50 percent every four years from 2010 through 2022 was enacted, answers to questions about their driving habits suggested that the majority would not be able to use alternative routes, and are largely unaware of the amount of tolls they now pay.

The report, prepared by Steer Davies Gleave, British transportation consultants, observed that after previous increases on the New Jersey Turnpike, including one in 2000, the majority of drivers did not change their commuting patterns.

"The overall conclusion is that people will continue to use the toll roads in large numbers," said Nancy B. Feldman, director of the state's Office of Public Finance. "It's the most expedient and direct way to do what they want to do."