Commuters upset over Port Authority toll increases

Many commuters were lashing out today on the first business day after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey increased tolls on the Hudson River crossing operated by the agency.

Click "NEXT" for more on how the Tappan Zee Bridge will be affected by the toll increase.

"The cost of doing business, the cost of moving in and out of the city becomes exorbitant," says Ted Cuttitta, a business owner from West Nyack. "These people are not going to get salary increases to match toll increases. So you're just hurting."

The authority raised cash tolls on the bridge from $8 to $12 and increased E-ZPass tolls by $1.50.

Officials say the tolls are needed to cover costs for construction and repairs of the bridges and tunnels, as well as to pay for the construction of the new World Trade Center.

Many commuters say they'll avoid the increased tolls by taking the Tappan Zee Bridge, which is owned by the New York State Thruway Authority.

For interviews with commuters about the Port Authority toll hikes, go to iO Extra on channel 612.

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