Organization threatens to sue over tolls into Manhattan

Manhattan-bound commuters are getting ready to dig deeper into their pockets to cross the Hudson starting Sunday.

Tolls on the Port Authority's six Hudson River Crossings, including the GW-Bridge, are going up as much as $1.50 for for E-ZPass commuters and $4.00 for drivers paying cash.

The increases bring the total toll prices to $9.50 and $12.00 during peak times.

Travel agency AAA however is petitioning the federal government to stop the hike, asking people to sign an online petition.

The automotive group says the increase is illegal because it's charging commuters for unrelated, real-estate costs to rebuild Ground Zero.

Port Authority, meanwhile, says the money will be used to create 131,000 jobs around the region as well as repair bridges and tunnels.

The Port Authority plans to raise tolls again in 2015 to $12.50 for E-ZPass customers and $15.00 for commuters paying cash.

The increase does not affect the Tappan Zee or any other Hudson Valley bridge because they're not under the Port Authority control.

NY/NJ Port Authority board approves toll, fare hikes

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