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RIBTA Votes to Delay Toll Increases on Pell and Sakonnet Bridges

In March, the board had voted to raise the toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge from $.10 to $.50 (E-ZPass rate) and $3.75 (non E-ZPass), and on the Newport Pell Bridge from $.83 to $1.04 (E-ZPass rate) to meet its revenue needs.

This morning, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) voted to delay the toll increases on both the Newport Pell Bridge and Sakonnet River Bridge that had been scheduled for May 16.

In March, the board had voted to raise the toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge from $.10 to $.50 (E-ZPass rate) and $3.75 (non E-ZPass), and on the Newport Pell Bridge from $.83 to $1.04 (E-ZPass rate) to meet its revenue needs.

Stephen Waluk, the acting chairman, said the delay was needed to allow policymakers to make decisions on pending legislation about the future of all four Aquidneck Island bridges. He said that RITBA has enough cash on hand for the agency to pay its bills for the time being.

The implementation is delayed until June 12.

SHS May 08, 2014 at 08:46 AM
Do they really have the balls to suggest raising the Newport bridge toll AGAIN? Find the money elsewhere, dammit.
Maureen E. McGann May 08, 2014 at 09:26 AM
Please, please don't turn the oldest bridge Mount Hope at 85 over to the DOT.
Tom Badger May 08, 2014 at 03:15 PM
While the RI General Assembly DemocRATs steal your gas tax money that goes in their General / Slush Fund lol .
amusedinri May 08, 2014 at 05:17 PM
The new Federal Transportation Bill will allow states to put tolls on any highways they so chose. RITBA will wait and see how that plays out. America's Cup Toll Booth? RI/Conn border? Mass/RI border? The possibilities are endless.
Tom Badger May 08, 2014 at 06:34 PM
amusedinri : even if it doesn't move the Democrats will tax it more .

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