|Issue 258||February 25, 2000|
But the Act's future is uncertain. We mistakenly reported in MTR #255 that the bill had been introduced in the State Senate, but it has not. The office of Senator Robert Martin (R-Morris), the bill's primary sponsor last year, told the Campaign that Senator Martin is "still considering" introducing S2062 this session. Perhaps he is weighing the comments of Senate Transportation Committee Chair and last year's bill co-sponsor, Senator Ciesla (R-Ocean County) reported recently in the Asbury Park Press. Ciesla said that "right now" he does not plan to put his name on the Toll Removal Act.
Senator Ciesla reasoned that installing high-speed toll collection lanes would be a "complex and costly" endeavor, citing specifically the challenge of safely merging the slowed vehicles of cash-paying drivers with the high-speed lanes. The Senator should inspect the engineering solution developed by the NJ Turnpike already installed at Interchange 6, and at toll roads elsewhere in the country to permit high speed toll payment, and decide whether the Parkway is up to the job of replicating already proven toll plaza designs.