New Jersey Turnpike
Although only 40, Joe Orlando seems to have been at the New Jersey Turnpike forever. Now he has joined the "marketing/communications" firm Winning Strategies in Newark as a VP.
Glenn Huryan, 55 and William Fagan, 62 dismissed toll collectors on the New Jersey Turnpike have pled guilty to "theft by unlawful taking" in Camden in south Jersey. A third fired collector John Fillipine, 58 has charges pending.
Longtime executive director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, Edward M ('Ed') Gross died this week (Jun 27) from a heart attack. He was 71. Gross was head of the Turnpike from October 1995 to February 2002. He was successful in many aspects of the job, maintaining a well managed state toll agency, pushing through necessary toll increases, initiating major improvements to the Turnpike.
The board of the New Jersey Turnpike voted today to end off-peak discounts for E-ZPass for car drivers with non-New Jersey accounts. So drivers with a Pennsylvania Turnpike, New York or Maryland E-ZPass and a PANYNJ account will pay full toll rates off-peak.
They're proposing to end off-peak discounts on car drivers with out-of-state transponders at the New Jersey Turnpike. It's a measure they hope will boost revenues by $16m/year. Adopted as a measure to help reduce congestion by moving some traffic out of peakhours the lower toll rates at present apply to cars using transponders from all over the interoperable E-ZPass group network of some 24 toll agencies.
The discounts apply weekdays outside of 7am to 9am and 4:30pm to 6:30pm.
The New Jersey Turnpike has reached a settlement with two unions representing its 800+ toll collectors that provides for significant pay cuts and only guarantees jobs pending implementation of all-electronic tolling. In return the Turnpike will not pursue outsourcing or privatization of cash toll collection services.
All indications are the NJ Turnpike board of commissioners will vote down the Christie administration's plan to outsource toll collection services and retrench some 800 staff toll collectors. The plan will be voted on for the first time Friday, at a special meeting, according to the Transportation Commissioner and Turnpike chairman James 'Jim' Simpson.
$670m in electronic toll revenue costs some $53m/year to collect, while it is costing $100m to collect some $290 in cash tolls, according to figures provided by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority chairman and state transportation commissioner James Simpson in testimony at the state legislature in Trenton, Thursday.
ACS/Xerox withdrew from the New Jersey Turnpike's procurement of outsourced toll collection services in February after a union organized campaign flooded the company with job applications designed to take advantage of a 'right of first refusal' provision of the deal.
A story broken by the Newark Star Ledger this evening reports drama at the New Jersey Turnpike as three thieving toll collectors were arrested Tuesday night for a scam in which they substituted short-trip ticket stubs for longer trip tickets, pocketing the difference in tolls. Arrested on the job by state police and now without jobs are:
- William Fagan, 62 of Clementon
- Glen Huryan, 55, of Magnolia