AAA Strongly Supports 'Commuter Protection Act'

Hamilton, NJ – AAA Auto Clubs in New Jersey and New York strongly support legislation introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Congressmen Mike Grimm (R-Staten Island) and Tom Reed (R-Rochester) that will provide badly needed oversight to protect the driving public from unjustified toll hikes and ill-advised use of motorist-generated funding.

“The Commuter Protection Act would restore to the federal government the power to monitor and regulate any entity, including the Port Authority, that imposes tolls on interstate roads and bridges to ensure the fees are just, reasonable and targeted solely for transportation-related projects,” said Tracy E. Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic.  “When law, this legislation will provide increased public scrutiny and accountability on the need for toll increases and how the funds would be utilized,” Noble said.

The Act contains assurances that funding from transportation-related sources could not be used for non-transportation projects, such as real estate development. The recent Port Authority toll increase came under scrutiny when questions arose as to whether funds would be used for redevelopment projects. AAA has continued to work with the legislature and the administration to ensure that the use of toll funds is transparent to all commuters and that those fund are invested in transportation infrastructure.