Major cuts in work force have led to less traffic on the turnpike, so it must be time for a toll increase. And that increase should target those who use the turnpike least.

Has anyone noted what a negative draw that is for tourists? Especially if E-ZPass lanes make travel as big a hassle for visitors as the N.J. Parkway? If I recall correctly, the pass system was sold as convenience for the driver and savings for state, not a bargain deal for frequent fliers.

Maybe the state should terminate the turnpike’s authority to sell bonds, so it can’t extend the existence of its current management structure.

Bonds that take 20 years to pay off are a poor way to pay for repairs that last 10 to 15 years.

Tom Heyns

Chelsea

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