The cost of entering a city tunnel in the 1960s

Last month, the Port Authority voted to hike tolls by more than 50 percent over the next five years.

No big deal if you don’t leave Manhattan—or don’t drive. But by 2015, it’ll run bridge and tunnelers up to $15 to cross over.

It’s hefty price compared to toll costs in the early 1960s, when this city street map was published.

The Holland Tunnel toll cost 50 cents. The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel a mere 35 cents.

Drivers in the early 1960s forked over about the same amount of coin to use the Lincoln Tunnel (50 cents) and the Queens Midtown Tunnel (25 cents).

Adjust the numbers for inflation, however, and those tolls shouldn’t be more than $3.70 today.

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8 Responses to “The cost of entering a city tunnel in the 1960s”

  1. zz Says:

    Those 50-cent tolls were charged in both directions. Today, the round-trip toll is collected in the eastbound direction.

  2. Parnassus Says:

    Are those high tolls ostensibly just to pay for maintenance, or is the city looking at them as a source of revenue for unrelated projects?
    –Road to Parnassus

  3. petey Says:

    look at all those hudson ferries.

  4. Ricky Says:

    When I first moved to Hoboken in 1981 the PATH train was 30¢. Now it’s $1.75. That’s over 583%.

  5. mikethemadbiologist Says:

    Maybe, instead, the tolls were too cheap in 1960? Externalized costs and all that.

  6. John Says:

    The “tollcostmanhattantunnels.jpg” thumbnail it oriented correctly but when one clicks to see the full size image it is upside-down. Can this be corrected?

  7. wildnewyork Says:

    Oh, sorry about that. I’ll see what I can do.

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