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    53 Percent toll hike on New Jersey Turnpike takes effect

    A toll hike on the New Jersey Turnpike took effect this morning, kicking off 2012 with a 53 percent increase in prices for drivers using the busy road.

    The Star-Ledger reports the new toll prices took effect at 6:30 a.m., with the average passenger vehicle now paying $3.30 over the old fee of $2.20 on the Turnpike. Drivers using the Parkway are also paying higher tolls, with the average passenger vehicle paying $1.05.

    The Star-Ledger says the 2012 toll hike is the second part of a two-phase toll increase adopted by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority under Governor Jon Corzine in October 2008.

    Authority officials have said the higher tolls are needed for road and bridge repairs.

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