The heavily traveled New Jersey Turnpike collected $992 million in tolls for the year 2012. That astounding monetary amount makes the turnpike the most profitable toll road in the nation.
How much do you pay in tolls?
Well, if you've ever traveled on one of the nation's busiest roads, the New Jersey Turnpike, you may be surprised to know that it collected $992 million in tolls in 2012.
That astounding monetary amount makes the turnpike the most profitable toll road in the nation. A spokesperson for the Turnpike authority, Thomas Fenney claimed the money could not exactly be considered a profit.
He stated “Those investments - like the Turnpike widening between interchanges 6 and 9 - are funded by bond issues. Most of the money collected in tolls on the Turnpike and Parkway goes toward repaying those bonds.”
The Pennsylvania Turnpike ranked as the second most profitable. That toll road reportedly raised $781 million last year.
Another turnpike in Jersey, Garden State Parkway landed on the list at number 6, taking in $402 million in toll revenue.
Although authorities claim the money goes towards repairs, expansions and general improvements, drivers who frequent the New Jersey Turnpike are skeptical, leading many to wonder where the profit goes.