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Toll Scrip, Tokens and Ephemera of the States of New York and New Jersey


by Philip M. Goldstein

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Introduction &
Conclusion

Page Index
Private and
Early City of New York
Toll Bridges, Plank Roads
& Turnpikes
Pre-TBTA AgenciesTriborough Bridge &
Tunnel Authority

MTA Bridges & Tunnels

State of New YorkState of New Jersey
updated: 9/22/2020



New York State Bridge and Tunnel Commission / New Jersey Interstate Bridge and Tunnel Commission
Port of New York Authority
 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey


History
The Holland Tunnel & New York State Bridge and Tunnel Commission and the New Jersey Interstate Bridge & Tunnel Commission
The First Scrip:
Introduction & Primer
PNYA Scrip
Original Issue
New Design
Observed PNYA Scrip

PANYNJ
First Series
Second Series
Third Series
Fourth Series & Universal Commuter
Fifth Series
End of Acceptance
Observed PANYNJ Scrip
PANYNJ ReceiptsHistorical Toll Fares & Timeline
Current Tolls




History

   For those tunnels and bridges that are interstate, that is connecting New York and New Jersey; these crossings fall under the jurisdiction of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey:

crossing namedate opened
George Washington Bridgeupper deck: October 24, 1931
lower deck:  August 29, 1962


Lincoln Tunnel
formerly "Midtown Hudson Tunnel"
center tube: December 22, 1937
north tube: February 1, 1945
south tube: May 25, 1957


Holland TunnelNovember 13, 1927
Bayonne BridgeNovember 15, 1931
deck height raised
northbound lanes opened: February 20, 2017
southbound lanes February 11, 2019,
Goethals Bridgeoriginal span: June 29, 1928
new eastbound span: June 10, 2017
new westbound span: May 21, 2018
Outerbridge CrossingJune 29, 1928




   The Port of New York Authority was originally established on April 30, 1921 via an interstate compact between the states of New York and New Jersey. This compact was enacted by the U.S. Congress. The PNYA was the first such agency in the U.S. so created under a provision in the Constitution of the United States permitting interstate compacts.

   Predating this however, when the first of the vehicular crossings was built, the Holland Tunnel; it was originally planned built by the New York State Bridge & Tunnel Commission. The Holland Tunnel, which opened in 1927; was then operated as a joint venture between the New York State Bridge & Tunnel Commission and the New Jersey Interstate Bridge & Tunnel Commission.    

   Originally known as the "Hudson River Vehicular Tunnel" or the "Canal Street Tunnel", the tunnel would be renamed the Holland Tunnel in memory of Clifford Milburn Holland, the chief engineer. Mr. Holland passed away suddenly in 1924 prior to the tunnels' opening.

   Now, with this short history covered, lets get down to the fiscal issues.

   While I originally attributed these to being "simple" toll receipts, I took note of its perforation and the duplication of portions of the information. This perforation made me ponder as to its actual purpose. Why the need for a two part receipt? Unless in fact, it is the prepaid class ticket as mentioned in the Port of New York Authority Annual Reports and as mentioned later on this website.

Holland Tunnel Prepaid Class Ticket (Class II) - opening day: November 13, 1927
 3 ⅜" (height) - 3 ⅝" (width) - .008 (thickness)
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
Holland Tunnel Prepaid Class Ticket (Class II) - opening day: November 13, 1927
Note month listed: October! All historical accounts list opening day to the general public to be
November 13, not October!
Most likely the collector didn't have the ticket imprinter set correctly, thereby the ticket above is an "error"!
It is a .50 B which does give me a different variant than the one I had.
 3 ⅜" (height) - 3 ⅝" (width) - .008 (thickness)
collection of Philip M. Goldstein



   The reason I now suspect that this is a prepaid class ticket, is that the the top portion bears no rules and regulations as the bottom half does, which would understandably be the drivers portion to be retained after presentation for passage, with the top portion being detached and kept by the toll collector.

   Furthermore, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Authority blog has an almost identical issue displayed (albeit from 6 days later) and they refer to it as a "ticket". All the examples I have encountered, whether in museums and those for sale; have the two parts attached as seen, and I have not encountered just the bottom (receipt) portion on its own. This could be expected as after the top portion is detached, the bottom portion had no value; and they were simply discarded.


   I have located three articles in the New York Times Digital archives regarding these tickets:

 all courtesy of the New York Times Digital Archives


   If one references the tickets, you will notice a suffix letter after the .50 amount.

   I thought I understood the coding for the Holland Tunnel Tickets (the Goethals and Outerbridge appear to have used a slightly different schedule which I will address below), but now I am not so sure.

   I originally was under the impression this suffix letter denoted the number of occupants:
A = 1 occupant (driver / operator),
B = 2 occupants (driver & passenger),
C = 3 occupants (driver and two passengers),
D = 4 occupants (driver and three passengers), 
E = 5 occupants (driver and four passengers), etc
   but now I have observed a ticket marked .50E (seen below). Note that this ticket lists four names of a family on it; therefore D = 4 and E should have meant 5: driver and four passengers.    

   If the driver was automatically accounted for in the base .50 cent toll, with
no suffix = driver only
A = driver and one passenger,

B = driver and two passengers,
C = driver and three passengers - and thats the four occupants.
   However, this still equation still doesn't work, and I have never seen a ticket with just .50 on it without a suffix letter.

   The discovery of the New York Times article seen to the right reveals that counting occupants was not a factor at the Holland Tunnel (as it would be at the Goethals and Outerbridge Crossing when they opened a few years later).
courtesy of the New York Times Digital Archives

   Just exactly what these suffix letters mean, I do not know quite yet.

Hoboken Historical Museum archives


   In 1930, following a disagreement between those two commissions, the Port of New York Authority which was operating the Goethals, Outerbridge & Bayonne Bridges, was contracted to operate the Holland Tunnel from April 21, 1930 through March 1, 1931. On this date, the Port of New York Authority would assume all responsibility for operation, repair, and governance.


The Arthur Kill Crossings

   Moving onto the Goethals, Outerbridge and the Bayonne Bridges; these were interchangeably known as the "Arthur Kills Crossings" or the "Staten Island Bridges".

   It appears toll rate were not fixed until the last minute. To the best of my searching, no announcement was made until just prior to opening. And the Goethals and Outerbridge opened without any hubris. They just opened. Furthermore, there appears to be contradicting information as to the toll. In subsequent New York Times articles, the first being June 29, 1928, the tolls were lists as 50 cents per pleasure car, 5 cent each passenger, and $1.00 for trucks.

   Seen below, is a prepaid class ticket and receipt for the Goethals Bridge. On this ticket, one will note the Dept. (Class) is II +1, and the charge amount of 55 cents. For those of you paying attention, the toll of 55 cents seems odd, as when the Goethals, Outerbridge Crossings and Bayonne spans opened, the passenger automobile toll rate was 50 cents. So where does 55 cents factor in? Well, I'll tell you: 55 cents equates to the toll for a Class II vehicle (passenger automobile), with a driver and a passenger.

   Obviously, the driver was included in the base 50 cent toll fare for passenger automobiles (not originally though! - see below), however an additional charge of 5 cents per each additional passenger was charged when the spans first opened, therefore 50 cents + 5 cents = 55 cents.


   Images of this ticket were located in a 2012 Staten Island Advance / SILive.com article on the internet. The ticket, at the time of the article's publishing; resided in possession of Mr. Owen Auer, of Grasmere, Staten Island. Mr. Auer states the ticket was issued to grandfather when he paid to cross the span on July 15, 1928, just a few weeks after the span opened. If Mr. Auer (or his descendants) happen across this website, it would be greatly appreciated if they would contact me at bedt14@aol.com


Goethals Bridge Prepaid Class Ticket (Class II +1) - July 15, 1928
(dimensions unknown but believed to be identical to Holland Tunnel ticket above.
Also note this ticket is marked for the Port of New York Authority.)
O. Auer collection


 


Vehicle Type Group # Rate
Motorcycle I 0.25
Passenger Automobile, with a capacity up to 7 passengers,
ambulance or hearse
II 0.50
additional passengers added to base toll, (over and above driver)0.05
Bus, (up to and including 29 passenger seating capacity) III 1.00
Truck, up to 2 tons IV 0.50
2 ton+ to 5 ton Truck V 0.75
5 ton+ to 10 ton Truck VI 1.00
Trucks exceeding 10 tons capacity and not exceeding
15 tons Gross Weight and not exceeding 12 tons axle load
VII 2.00
Vehicles admitted by special permit, only VIII Special*


   I believe
this charge for extra passengers would be eliminated in 1932 making all passenger automobiles a flat 50 cent rate and to match the Holland Tunnel toll schedule.

   Now, the article is written quite clearly that the car is a base rate and each occupant to be considered an additional 5 cents.

   Confusing matters is on the very next day, another article states 25 cents per car, 5 cents each passenger, and $1.00 per truck.


courtesy of the New York Times Digital Archives


   To the best of our knowledge, the June 29 article gives the correct toll rates. Previous articles (not applicable to the tolls) show the regulations for using the bridges were released one or two at a time and revised over several New York Times articles.

   Commutation books were first considered not long after opening on August 29, 1928. Apparently, the PNYA was dilly dallying as they were still considering it by way of a survey on January 14, 1930. I have not yet found the results of this survey.

   Adding to this, I have also located a New York Times article dated March 12, 1932, in where the toll rates were to be adjusted with a reduction on April 1, and the rates announced for the combination rate and not to be confused with the commutation rate, which is also discussed.

   A "combination" rate was offered to drivers who found themselves needing to use two crossings in the same trip, for example the Bayonne Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing or Bayonne Bridge and the Goethals or the Bayonne Bridge and the Holland Tunnel (and in either direction).

   There is something else about this particular article that I took note of. The line "Passenger Cars will play a flat rate of 50 cents, against 50 and 60 cents, respectively, for single and two seated passenger cars at the present. So it appears the Port of New York Authority experimented once again with the passenger car toll between 1928 and 1932.



all courtesy of the New York Times Digital Archives



   The Port of New York Authority soon added the George Washington Bridge and the Lincoln Tunnel to its operations as each crossing opened. The PNYA was also responsible for the operation of many of the shipping terminals, as well as LaGuardia and Idlewild / J. F. K Airports as each opened.

    Speaking of the George Washington Bridge, I uncovered this little factoid in the New York Times Digital Archives. It was suggested that the new span being built carry the name Verrazano Bridge upon completion! Sorry Mr. Coppola, but it would not be for another 33 years..



   The Port of New York Authority would eventually being renamed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1972, to better reflect the bi-state operation.

   Frankly, I think New Jersey did not like its name being left out, the bunch of whiners! Hell, they have been trying to steal the Statue of Liberty from New York for decades! LOL - just kidding Jerseyites!
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Port of New York Authority Scrip


the Seal of the Port of New York Authority


The First Scrip Issue for New York
and a primer of the design intricacies


   The first known prepaid toll scrip (as opposed to a ticket to be issued at the time of admittance) for the interstate crossings in the New York Metropolitan Area, is the TS series of 1935 issued by Port of New York Authority. It is presumed TS stands for "Toll Scrip".

   In the preparation for creating this website, my research on the web revealed a piece of this scrip to be displayed in the Hoboken Historical Museum, where it is stated:

"While undated, toll scrip was not issued until August 9, 1951."

   As best as my research has uncovered, this description is blatantly incorrect. Multiple facts that contradict that statement are known, and are as follows:
  1. The Twenty-Five Cents scrip in my collection, marked Series TS1-1935, clearly lacks Lincoln Tunnel in the list of crossings on the face. This makes perfect sense, as the Lincoln Tunnel did not open until December 22, 1937, and thus with the scrip being issued two years prior in 1935. (The next denomination in that series, Fifty Cents, Series TS2-1935, does list the Lincoln Tunnel as do all other subsequent issues of scrip.)
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  2. The 25 cent script (and the intaglio plates) carry the facsimile signature (in lower right corner) of John E. Ramsey, who held the position of General Manager of the Port of New York Authority, from 1926 through 1942. It was not until 1942 that Austin J. Tobin became executive director, and of whom would hold the position until 1972.
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  3. Furthermore, it is within the Port of New York Authority annual reports themselves dated 1932 and 1933, that state tickets and scrip were created in those discussions covering "continuation tickets" and in 1933 with the issuance of toll scrip.
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  4. As Austin Tobin commenced holding his position of Executive Director beginning in 1942, and that this date still predates the statement "not issued until August 9, 1951."
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  5. The 50 cent note seen below which is overtyped War Department Vehicles. As the War Department was dissolved in September 1947; this note had to have existed and been issued prior to that date, and just as obviously; issued before the (erroneous) stated issue date of 1951;
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  6. And, then there is the New York Time article at right, dated December 31, 1934.
 
   Also to be considered, is that appointment date (1942) of Austin J. Tobin to executive directorship; many of the notes dated 1935 (and with the exception of the 1951 and 1960 dated scrip) obviously must have printed after 1942 for his name to even be listed in that position on that note!

   Furthermore, reading the New York Times article at right carefully, also reveals that the 1935 issue of scrip replaced pre-paid class tickets which would be treated at toll scrip and accepted at face value regardless of the class it was issued for. So, there was an issue of pre-paid toll payment prior to the scrip issues of 1935.

   So with all things being said, the Hoboken Museum's description is erroneous and needs correction. I have sent them numerous emails, but to no response nor any revision on their website has been forthcoming.

   And this is yet another reason why I felt it was necessary to get this website published.


Please note:
   Before we progress further, you will notice I have displayed the issues grouped by denomination, not by issue year (1935, 1951, 1960, etc). I have organized them in this fashion, so as to more easily show the differences of design between issues of the same denomination, instead of the reader having to scroll up and down this page to compare.

   Here is where the scrip history gets interesting and is probably going to be a learning curve for all of us.

   Note the Series TS1 - 1935 on the twenty-five cent; then TS2 - 1935 on the fifty cent, TS3 - 1935 on the seventy five cent, etcetera, etcetera. The Series TS number advances from TS1 to TS2 to TS3 based on the denomination, not the year. The date remains unchanged.

   With the acquisition of the following Traffic Rules & Toll Rates brochure printed by and released by the Port of New York Authority; dated January 1, 1939; we learn there was also a $1.25 denomination of toll scrip issued. But this denomination raises a couple of questions:


1) What TS series did this $1.25 denomination carry, as TS1 through TS5 are accounted for, and
2) Why the denomination of $1.25, if none of the tolls at that time were $1.25.
 
3) We also now can confirm the quantity of tickets in the commutation books and their respective time limits of validity.





   We can plainly see, there is a One and 50/100 Dollar ($1.50) marked TS5-1951. This piece now confirms additional date issues. In addition to this, a recently acquired TS1 - 25 Cents piece is marked TS1-196o. So we know have three distinct issue dates. As for the new design notes, we know 1969 and 1970 exist, but more about those later.

   If other years exist for the older design of the Port of New York Authority scrip, they remain to be discovered.

   So, it is safe to conclude that the TS code (TS1, TS2, etc) denotes the denomination (and not an actual series year):

TS1 = 25¢
TS2 = 50¢
TS3 = 75¢
TS4 = $1.00
TS? = $1.25
TS5 = $1.50
TS7 = $3.00

It is unknown at this time if TS6 exists - but it is believed to, and the denomination should be in the $1.75 to $2.75 range.

   And so, it is the year that follows the TS number, which in fact denotes the series issue:

1935, 1951,1960, and 1969, 1970 (newer Statue of Liberty design)




Printers:

   The printer observed for most of the TS series, was none other than the renowned publishing firm of maps and atlases, Rand McNally; as these issues carry their name in one form or another.

   Their name is seen on the front left edge of note parallel with perforation as "Rand McNally & Company, New York & Chicago". It then appears to have been relocated to the back bottom of the note. Then we see a simple "Rand McNally" in this location.

   Finally, one series of notes does not have their name at all; leaving the question open as to whether Rand McNally printed this series at all.

   Coming to light in March 2020, are a set of steel plates for the Port of New York Authority scrip in .50, .75 and $1.00 denominations. Only the $1.00 plate is engraved "Security Banknote Company". These plates were sold at an auction in 2008. These plates yield a bit of other information to us, to be discussed later.

   As for the Commutation Issues; most are printed by Rand McNally as well, however at least one series: Series F-4 1934/1935 is known to have been printed by another firm: International Ticket.




Intaglio & Offset Lithography

   There are two known printing methods for the Port of New York Authority scrip. The first is known as intaglio printing (pronounced in-TAH-lee-OH - the "g" is silent. And after all these years, I find out I've been pronouncing it wrong! )

   Intaglio printing is accomplished by intricately engraved metal plates usually made of steel, but copper can be used also. As copper is softer, it is not as durable as steel plates, but is suitable for lower quantity runs. The image design and lettering is engraved in reverse or negative on intaglio plates. When run through a printing press, the image when transferred directly to paper, and therefore is now a positive image. It gives the ink on the notes a slight relief (raised) feel, and also results in very crisp designs. Intaglio engraving is also an expensive, time consuming process; taking hundreds of hours of engraving per design. And one slip or error, the plate can be ruined and needs to be redone or at least hours of extensive repairs performed. This is the method of printing used for United States currency (paper money) as well as many other countries throughout the world. The intricacies of the design and the texture or "feel" of the printing make it difficult to counterfeit and the plates are durable for millions of impressions.

   Until the intaglio printing plates were seen in an old auction catalog, the printer was unknown. With their discovery, we can now determine the intaglio printed notes were produced by Security Banknote Company.

   The other printing method known to have been used in printing the scrip, is the offset lithography process. Offset lithography printing is a method of mass-production printing in which the images are etched in negative onto a thin metal plate by a photographic and chemical process. Once the metal plate is installed on the press; the process utilizes the immiscibility of oil based inks and water based "fountain" solution - the image etched on the plate which will hold the ink, and the unprinted area or "unetched", which does not. This is then transferred (offset) to rubber blankets or rollers and once again to the print media (paper). The print media, usually paper, does not come into direct contact with the metal plate as it does in the intaglio process. This lithographic process is much cheaper and less labor intensive for documents and printed matter of mass production but of a disposable or replaceable value. Most of the "quick print" shops that existed and some still do today, are based on this offset process. This was all prior to the advent of cheap color copies and stores that offered mass production printing such as Kinkos, Staples and OfficeMax.

   To date, the lithography printed script is either marked Rand McNally, International Ticket Company or unmarked for printer.

   Delving further into the intricacies of the designs of Port of New York Authority scrip, there are many unique features of the TS1 - 1935 25 cent note that bear pointing out, when compared to notes of following series:

  1. Only the Series TS1 - 1935 notes is known to have been printed via the intaglio method.
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  2. The facsimile signature in lower right corner is believed to be that of John E. Ramsey, who held the position of General Manager of the Port of New York Authority, from 1930 through 1942. It was not until 1942 that Austin J. Tobin became executive director, and he held the position from 1942 – 1972. His signature appears on Series TS2 50 cent and all subsequent denomination issues.
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  3. The Series TS1-1935 (on right edge of note) has the same color red ink as the serial number. As the serial number (as well as any additional colors (if any) in the design would be printed by numbering machines in a second "pass" of the uncut sheets of notes through another printing press. It therefore appears that both the serial number AND Series TS1-1935 was imprinted after the main printing of the note. (On subsequent issues, the series number and year is the same color as main face printing of the note and therefore the series & year appear to have added to the main design, with only the red serial number being added in a second pass.
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  4. Only this TS1-1935 issue is printed on light card stock - measuring .010" thick. (Paper thickness is .005" on all following lithography issues.)

The Printing Plates from the Security Banknote Company

    As I scour the web and encounter old auction catalogs, I am sometimes rewarded with nuggets of history. On March 11, 2020; I encountered the following set of plates for three of the four denominations of Port of New York Authority Toll Script that had been auctioned by Stacks Bowers in February 2008; and formerly of the Rich Uhrich collection.

   From these intaglio plates, we glean these design details:

1.   There were intaglio issues for .50, .75 and $1.00; and while the plate is not in this auction, the .25 intaglio note in my collection confirms one existed.
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2.   These plates were for the earliest issues as they carry John E. Ramsey's signature as general manager, and of whom held that position from 1930 to 1942;

3.   As the Lincoln Tunnel is listed on these plates (but not on the 25 cent note in my collection), it is presumed these plates were engraved in 1936 or 1937 prior to the opening of, and to
include the Lincoln Tunnel on the scrip issues. This now leads us to conclude a prior set of plates also existed, without the Lincoln Tunnel and bearing the legend Interstate Crossings
(used prior to the Lincoln Tunnel opening and which would have been used for printing the 25¢ in my collection).
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4.   The design intricacies of these three plates: 4 lines per "ray", rays extending to the border, and the "crowns" flanking the written out denomination,
and matches those details on the .25 note in my collection;.
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5.   However, while the security field design is the same amongst the .50, .75 and $1.00, it is different from the .25 note.
The .50, .75 and $1.00 security fields have lenticular ovals (footballs), triangles and six pointed stars. The .25 uses a circle, square, and diamond security field.


   Unfortunately, it appears the back plates were not included in the sale, but is presumed to be the guilloché back. I would like to ask whomever currently has the privilege of owning these plates, please get in touch with me at bedt14@aol.com and as I would like to the opportunity to acquire more images of the plate design (backs, sides, dimensions). 

courtesy of Stacks Bowers auction catalog; Rich Uhrich collection; February 27, 2008
(shown slightly enlarged)


   Other details now observed are different geometric security patterns for the signature field. As of January 2020, four different security designs have been observed:
  • the circle, square & diamond design has only been seen on the .25 cent intaglio note
  • the lenticular ovals (footballs), triangles and six pointed stars on the .50, .75, and $1.00 notes, as seen from printing plates in previous chapter.
  • the crescent, wedge & line; as well as
  • the cross design
   
   Furthermore, these designs are broken down:
  • notes without GOOD UNTIL USED have been observed in the following combinations:
    • intaglio with circles, squares & diamonds security field on the .25 with guilloché back and 
    • intaglio with lenticular ovals (footballs), triangles & six pointed stars security field on the .50, .75, and $1.00 notes with guilloché back, 
    • lithograph with crescent, wedge & line security pattern and guilloché back;
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  • lithograph notes with (sans-serif) Optima GOOD UNTIL USED, cross security pattern on the face is seen with the (serif) Bank Roman numerals on the back, 
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  • lithograph notes with (serif) Roman GOOD UNTIL USED and crescent wedge & line security pattern on the face are now seen with (serif) Bank Roman numerals AND (sans-serif) Agency numerals on back.

   Also take note that with the cross style security field, there is an unprinted area conforming around the signature to help it stand out. This "buffer zone" is not evident on the other designs.





   The following is graphic compilation of the design differences amongst the basic issues. I do wish to emphasize; there is a very good likelihood that despite my attempt to account for the design differences chronologically, the differences may have occurred within date groups and as scrip was reordered as a result of attrition over time.

   If this is the case, then the "year" issues will have multiple printings which will exhibit the variances. This remains to be confirmed or disproved as more notes surface and are cataloged.

   Also please note that names of typefaces / fonts used in descriptions are the closest approximation found in typeface catalogs.



Signatures: J. E. Ramsey and Austin J. Tobin

   As we see on the notes, two different signatures are observed on the various series of notes. The first signature, is that of John E. Ramsey, and would have been in effect when he held the position of General Manager of the Port of New York Authority. He would hold this position from his initial appointment in 1926 through 1942.

   In 1942, Austin J. Tobin was appointed to replace him, in the position of Executive Director of the Port of New York Authority, and the signature on the script was changed to reflect this. He would hold this position until 1972.

   As such, we obviously see the issues of toll scrip dated 1935 but yet carrying Austin J. Tobin's signature. These notes would have had to have been printed in, or very shortly after; 1942. Therefore those notes dated 1935, but carrying Tobin's signature; are cataloged below as 1935 (1942). The 1951 and 1960 dated issues eliminate this ambiguity.

   Also of particular note, there are two styles of Tobin's signature. One, with a "P" shaped cursive letter A in Austin, and a diagonal line connecting the horizontal and vertical segments of the letter T in Tobin. (see at right below). These differences can be compared in the above chapter if need be. So far only notes bearing this type of signature, are those with Optima "GOOD UNTIL USED" on front left edge of face and with double frame back with banknote roman .25, .50, .75 or 1.00 numerals.

   The second style (seen at left below), the A in Austin is a simple oval, and the T in Tobin lacks the diagonal connector. This style appears on all other Tobin era notes.





   The reasons for the differences in signature style are not known, but it has been observed that in some cases executive secretaries are known to have been authorized to affix their superiors signatures in performance of official duties. It is not known for certain if this was indeed the case. The most logical reason is, people's "flourishes" in their signatures do vary to some degree.


Back Design Differences on same series notes

   As this research digs deeper; it now appears there are FIVE distinct back designs for the TS series:

  • Guilloché Back, (both intaglio and lithograph printed notes)
  • Single Frame Back with Banknote Roman Numerals,
  • Double Frame Back with Banknote Roman Numerals,
  • Frame Back with Agency (Square Block) Numerals
  • and Frame Back - no numerals

Single Frame w/ Guilloché Back
Single Frame w/
Banknote Roman (serif) Numerals
Double Frame w/
Banknote Roman (serif) Numerals
Single Frame w/ Agency (sans-serif square block) Numerals Single Frame only
no Numerals
confirmed denominations:
1935 - .25   - intaglio
1935 - .50   - intaglio & litho
1935 - .75   - intaglio & litho
1935 - 1.00 - intaglio & litho
1951  - 1.50 - litho
confirmed denominations:
1935 - $1.00
confirmed denominations:
1935 - .50
1935 - .75
1935 - $1.00
1935 - $1.50
confirmed denominations:
1935 - .25
1960 - .25
1935 - .50
1935 - .75
1935 - $1.00
1951 - $1.50
confirmed denominations:
1935 - .50


   While it was originally thought the guilloché back was exclusive to the intaglio printed notes, my purchase of two complete books of $1.00 - 1935 and $1.50 - 1951, both of which have guilloché backs. Therefore this is obviously no longer the case.

   The double frame back so far, is only seen on those lithographed notes with Bank Roman numerals in both 1935 (1942) and 1951 series, and the single frame back with both Bank Roman numerals on 1935 series, and Agency square block numerals on 1935, 1951 and 1960 series notes.



Security Paper

   Other than the intaglio .25 in my collection, all other notes are most definitely lithographed. Lithographed notes are printed on security paper that carries a slightly ultraviolet reactive printing of 5 parallel lines with PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY. This appears to have been applied to the paper prior to the printing of the main design. This security mark is seen in both vertical and horizontal directions, depending on the issue. I hesitate from calling it an actual watermark as it is not viewable through the paper, but on it.

   This security mark can be seen on both the face and the back of the note; but it is reversed on the face (meaning it appears as if a mirror image on the face). The printing is seen with more ease on the back of the note, due to the large unprinted areas. I have recreated the security underprint and darkened it for review:


Security paper for lithographed TS Series 1935, 1951 and 1960 notes:
(as it appears on the face of the note)(as it appears on the back of the note)

 

   For the Commutation Issues, both the Port of New York Authority security paper above is seen, as well as one other: that bearing the mark of National Safety Paper as seen on the Series F-4 - 1934/1935 Motor Truck, 2 Axles, up to and including 2 tons as printed by International Ticket Company, Newark, NJ.



Security paper for lithographed F-4 Series Commutation Issue for 2 Axle Trucks 1934/35 notes:
(as it appears on the back of the note)



Overstamped / Overtyped / Perforated Issues

   Another interesting variety of, and seen on scrip; are those issues that have been either typed upon or overstamped with an operator name; or in some cases perforated for a specific user. These were in all likelihood; done so by an employee of a trucking or bus firm so that employees did not use company issued scrip for their personal use in their private automobile.

   Judging from the crudity and different fonts used in the various stamps, it appears that in the cases of trucking and bus companies the company themselves applied their overstamp to each issue, not the issuing agency (TBTA or PANYNJ).

   In the case of military overstamps or perforations, this would also apply so a service member could not use government issued scrip for personal use; but even more so, it is known when tolls were first collected, military vehicles (as well as vehicles of Police and Fire Departments) passed through the toll barriers free on charge. So, the "U. S." perforation seen on issues may have been a way to account internally within the agency for some of those "no charge" issues.



Somehow, I just don't see this happening at the George Washington Bridge! What I want to know, is how many axles that tank constitutes..


   Seriously though, not all vehicles used in military service wore olive drab or navy gray and a lot of regular production black sedans were used by officials in the course of their duties. And at this time, I am uncertain if the issuing agency did the perforating or the military.


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Index to PNYA and PANYNJ Issues of Scrip:

Port of New York Authority (PNYA) Scrip & Commutation Issues - 1935 to 1972:


Port of New York Authority "original design"
TS1, TS2, TS3, TS4, TS5, TS6?, TS7
F-4, H-3, H-4, H-5, P
1935, 1951, 1960, 1969
Port of New York Authority "new design"
TS4, TS5?, TS6?, TS7
H-4,
1969 - 1972



Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) Scrip & Commutation Issues: 1972 - 2012


"First" Series Scrip
1972 - ca. 1976
"Second" Series Scrip
ca. 1976 - ca. 1986
"Third" Series Scrip
ca. 1986 - ca. 1993
"Universal" Commuter
ca. 1991 - 2012
"Fourth" Series Scrip
ca. 1993 - 2012 .


Port of New York Authority Scrip - Original Design
TS Series 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6?, 7 - 1935, 1951, 1960, 1969

25 cents
PNYA - Series TS1 - 1935 - 25 cents
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:

security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
unknown - Security Banknote Company?
intaglio
none
purple
"INTERSTATE CROSSINGS" listed, no Lincoln Tunnel,
series number in red (presumably printed at time of s/n)
circles, squares & diamonds
J. E. Ramsey, General Manager
red, no prefix
purple
bowtie frame w/ guilloche
white cardstock
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.010" (thickness)
.

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existence currently undetermined
PNYA - Series TS1 - 1935 - 25 cents
Optima GOOD UNTIL USED; frame back with Banknote Roman numerals - lithograph
.

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PNYA - Series TS1 - 1960 - 25 cents
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:


security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
Rand McNally
lithograph
alternating 5 lines with Port of New York Authority in horizontal format
lavender
8 pt. Gloucester (serif) "GOOD UNTIL USED"
"INTERSTATE CROSSINGS" removed, "LINCOLN TUNNEL" added
series number in face color,
crescent, wedge & line
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix and serial number
blue
twist & floret frame w/ Agency square block numerals;
beige paper
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)




50 cents

PNYA - Series TS2 - 1935 - 50 cents
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:

security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
unknown - Security Banknote Company?
intaglio
unknown
unknown (believed to be in blue), series believed to be in red
no "GOOD UNTIL USED"
"INTERSTATE CROSSINGS" removed, "LINCOLN TUNNEL" added
lenticular ovals (footballs), triangles & 6 point stars
J. E. Ramsey, General Manager
prefix and serial number presumed to be in red
unknown (believed to be in blue)
unknown - presumably frame with guilloche

3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - thickness unknown
.

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PNYA - Series TS2 - 1935 (1942) - 50 cents
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
unknown
lithography
alternating 5 lines with PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY in horizontal format
blue
no "GOOD UNTIL USED"
crescent, wedge & line
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix and serial number
blue
twist & floret frame with guilloche

3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) -  - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PNYA - Series TS2 - 1935 (1942) - 50 cents
The War Department was dissolved under the National Security Act, September 18, 1947.
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
Rand McNally & Company, New York & Chicago
lithograph?
none?
blue
no "GOOD UNTIL USED"
crescent, wedge & line
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix and serial number
blue
twist & floret frame with guilloche
seen w/ manual overtyping: WAR DEPARTMENT VEHICLES
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - thickness unknown
.

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PNYA - Series TS2 - 1935 (1942) - 50 cents
frame back with Banknote Roman numerals - lithograph

collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
unknown
lithograph
alternating 5 lines with PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY in vertical format
blue
Optima (sans-serif) "GOOD UNTIL USED"
crosses
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix and serial number
blue
wave double frame with Banknote Roman numerals

3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PNYA - Series TS2 - 1935 (1942) - 50 cents
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
Rand McNally & Company, New York & Chicago
lithograph
alternating 5 lines with PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY in horizontal format
blue
8 pt. Gloucester (serif) "GOOD UNTIL USED"
crescent, wedge & line
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix and serial number
blue
twist & floret single frame w/ Agency numerals

3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PNYA - Series TS2 - 1935 (1942) - 50 cents
overstamp on back: "Associated Transport, Inc"
(Associated Transport was a trucking firm)
collection of George S. Cuhaj
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
Rand McNally
lithograph
alternating 5 lines with PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY in horizontal format
blue
8 pt. Gloucester (serif) "GOOD UNTIL USED"
crescent, wedge & line
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix and serial number
blue
twist & floret single frame w/ Agency numerals
overstamped: "ASSOCIATED TRANSPORT, INC" (trucking firm)
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PNYA - Series TS2 - 1935 (1942) - 50 cents
overtype on face "FOR USE OF U.S. NAVY VEHICLE ONLY"
empty frame - no .50 denomination of back of note
collection of George S. Cuhaj
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
Rand McNally & Company, New York & Chicago
lithograph
alternating 5 lines with PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY in horizontal format
blue
8 pt. Gloucester (serif) "GOOD UNTIL USED"
crescent, wedge & line
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix and serial number
blue
twist & floret single frame only - NO numerals
manually overtyped:  "FOR USE OF U.S. NAVY VEHICLE ONLY"
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PNYA - Series TS2 - 1935 (1942) - 50 cents
empty frame - no .50 denomination of back of note
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
Rand McNally & Company, New York & Chicago
lithograph
alternating 5 lines with PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY in horizontal format
blue
8 pt. Gloucester (serif) "GOOD UNTIL USED"
crescent, wedge & line
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix and serial number
blue
twist & floret single frame only - NO numerals

3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)


75 cents

PNYA - Series TS3 - 1935 - 75 cents
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:

facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
unknown - Security Banknote Company?
intaglio
unknown
unknown (believed to be in green), series believed to be in red
no "GOOD UNTIL USED"
lenticular ovals (footballs), triangles & 6 point stars
"INTERSTATE CROSSINGS" removed, "LINCOLN TUNNEL" added
J. E. Ramsey, General Manager
red prefix and serial number
unknown (believed to be in green)
unknown - presumably frame with guilloche

3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - thickness unknown
.

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PNYA - Series TS3 - 1935 (1942) - 75 cents
frame back, Banknote Roman numerals - lithograph
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:


size:
unknown
lithography
alternating 5 lines with Port of New York Authority in vertical format
green
Optima (sans-serif) "GOOD UNTIL USED", series in face color
crosses
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director, see below
red
blue
wave double frame with Banknote Roman numerals
signature field on the above note is slightly narrower.
Also noted was a slightly different facsimile signature of Austin J. Tobin (note the "P" shaped
A and  T with ligature).
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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                                    crescent, wedge and line security field  cross security field                                          
.

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PNYA - Series TS3 - 1935 (1942) - 75 cents
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
Rand McNally
lithography
alternating 5 lines with Port of New York Authority in horizontal format
green
8 pt Gloucester (serif) "GOOD UNTIL USED"
crescent, wedge & line
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director, see below
red prefix & serial number
blue
twist & floret single frame with Agency numerals

3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)



$1.00

PNYA - Series TS3 - 1935 - $1.00
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:

security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
Security Banknote Company
intaglio
unknown
unknown - presumed to be orange-red
series presumed to be in red, no "GOOD UNTIL USED",
"INTERSTATE CROSSINGS" removed, "LINCOLN TUNNEL" added,
lenticular ovals (footballs), triangles & 6 point stars
J. E. Ramsey, General Manager
unknown - presumed to be red prefix & serial number
unknown - presumed to be orange-red
unknown - presumed to be frame with guilloche

3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - unknown - presumed to be cardstock
.

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PNYA - Series TS4 - 1935 (1942) - $1.00
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
Rand McNally & Company, New York & Chicago
lithography
alternating 5 lines with Port of New York Authority in horizontal format
orange-red
no "GOOD UNTIL USED", series in face color
crescent, wedge & line
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix & serial number
orange-red
twist & floret single frame with guilloche

3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PNYA - Series TS4 - 1935 (1942) - $1.00
single frame back, Banknote Roman serif numerals - lithograph
different font for crossing list, large "GOOD UNTIL USED"
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:



security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
unknown
lithography
alternating 5 lines with Port of New York Authority in vertical format
orange-red
10 pt Gloucester (serif) "GOOD UNTIL USED" large 10 pt. Gloucester "GOOD UNTIL USED", interpunct between SERIES and TS4, long hyphen between TS4 and 1935, thick signature
"AT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING" and
list of Bridges & Tunnels in Franklin Gothic (sans-serif) font
crude crescent, wedge & line
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director (thick)
red prefix & serial number, no space between prefix & serial number
blue
wave single frame with Banknote Roman
note slightly larger than other issues
3 27/32" (width) - 2 5/32" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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same design as 75 cent and $1.50 note
with
sans-serif "GOOD UNTIL USED" and
crosses security field for signature area
PNYA - Series TS4 - 1935 (1942) - $1.00
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
unknown
lithography
unknown
orange-red
Optima (sans-serif) "GOOD UNTIL USED"
crescent, wedge & line
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix & serial number, no space between prefix & serial number
blue
double frame with Banknote Roman numerals

3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PNYA - Series TS4 - 1935 (1942) - $1.00
frame back, Agency square block sans-serif numerals - lithograph
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
Rand McNally
lithography
alternating 5 lines with Port of New York Authority in horizontal format
orange-red
8 pt Gloucester (serif) "GOOD UNTIL USED"
crescent, wedge & line
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix & serial number
blue
twist & floret frame with Agency numerals

3 13/16" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PNYA - Series TS4 - 1935 (1942) - $1.00
perforated: "U S " (presumably government issue)
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
Rand McNally
lithography
alternating 5 lines with Port of New York Authority in vertical format
orange-red
8 pt Gloucester (serif) "GOOD UNTIL USED"
crescent, wedge & line
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix & serial number
blue
twist & floret frame with Agency numerals
perforated U S
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)



$1.50
PNYA - Series TS5 - 1951 - $1.50 dollar
guilloché back - lithograph
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
Rand McNally & Company, New York & Chicago
lithography
alternating 5 lines with Port of New York Authority in horizontal format
maroon
no "GOOD UNTIL USED"
crescent, wedge & line
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
no prefix, red serial number
maroon
twist & floret frame with guilloche

3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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same design as 75 & 1.00 cent note
with
sans-serif "GOOD UNTIL USED" and
crosses security field for signature area
PNYA - Series TS5 - 1951 - $1.50 dollar
frame back w/ Banknote Roman serif numerals - lithograph?
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
unknown
lithography
unknown - believed to be crosses
maroon
Optima (sans-serif) "GOOD UNTIL USED"
crescent, wedge & line
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix & serial number
blue
double frame with Banknote Roman numerals

3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PNYA - Series TS5 - 1951 - $1.50
frame back, Agency square block sans-serif numerals - lithograph
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
Rand McNally
lithography
alternating 5 lines with Port of New York Authority horizontal format
maroon
8 pt. Gloucester (serif) "GOOD UNTIL USED"
crescent, wedge & line
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix & serial number
blue
twist & floret single frame with Agency numerals

3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)



Port of New York Authority "original design" - Commutation Books & Passes

   In addition to the TS Series 1-2-3-4-5 scrip above, we know of other series issued at this time: F-4, H-3, H-4, H-5, and P. These were known as Commutation Tickets.

   Where commuter tickets differ from toll scrip is, toll scrip was good until used (with no expiration date) and offered a minimal discount in consideration of advance purchase; whereas commutation tickets had an expiration date. The shorter the expiration the date, the greater the discount offered. In this manner, it was hoped that if you did not use all of the scrip purchased, the revenue from the unredeemed tickets would be a windfall to the issuing agency. Likewise, the longer period of time you had to use your tickets, ensured a higher redemption rate and therefore were issued at a lower discount rate.

   In short, a commutation book contain a supply of tickets, usually only good for a set period of time, and were offered at a discount below the singular one way or round trip toll and further below the discount of scrip. This made it convenient for the commuter who drove to work on average 20 business day per month and who was almost certainly going to use all the scrip in that period of time.


Series H - Passenger Automobiles

   Referencing the Annual Reports of the Port of New York Authority, as well as comparing covers and tickets in my collection, I was able to ascertain some definition of the assigned series nomenclature.

   The Series H-3, H-4, H-5 are understood to be Commutation Scrip for Passenger Automobiles.

   Series H-4 is mentioned in the 1950 Annual Report as first being issued June 15, 1950 in the form of booklets containing 40 tickets for $10.00, valid for 30 days. Also mentioned are commutation issues for Staten Island Crossings that had been available for over 20 years. These are believed to be, Series H-3 as the tickets and covers witnessed are for Goethals, Outerbridge or Bayonne Bridges.

   This leaves Series H-5. While not mentioned in the annual reports by that designation, the report mentions a commutation issue in the form of booklets containing 25 tickets for $10.00 good for two years. Again, covers in my collection are witnessed to be marked H-5 that conform to this tariff and time period.

   There is no mention of Series H-1 or H-2 commutation issues, however. Delving into older Port of New York Authority Annual Reports does reveal there were other proposed commutation ticket issues.

   In 1928 however, a proposal for the following commutation issues:

  • 12 tickets, good for one week and sold for $4.20 (35¢ per trip),
  • 12 tickets, valid for two weeks and sold for $4.80 (40¢ per trip). 

   Response to this proposal was favorable yet limited and the report states they were not implemented.

   In the 1930 Annual Report, two more issues were proposed:

  • 26 tickets good for 30 days, sold for $6.00 (23¢) and 
  • 60 tickets good for 30 days, sold for $15.00 (25¢). 
   
   These issues were implemented. It is therefore believed (but unconfirmed) that these are the Series H-1 and H-2 issues.



Series F - Motor Trucks / Commercial Vehicles

   Series F-4 is an issue for Motor Trucks, 2 axles, up to and including 2 ton capacity, good for two years. It has punch boxes for the twelve months and years 1934 and 1935 (much like a railroad conductors ticket). This issue was printed by International Ticket Company, Newark, NJ.

   Strangely, this issue is only good for Goethals, Outerbridge and Bayonne Bridges. As the Verrazano was not yet to be built for 30 more years, this issue may very well be considered the first Staten Island issue. Also, if I am deducing correctly, the red outline numeral 5 denotes this is from a $5 book of scrip.

   What is not yet known is whether there was additional Series F issues for Hudson Crossings (George Washington Bridge, Lincoln or Holland Tunnels) or a system-wide issue for all bridges and tunnels.

   I came to this conclusion by looking at the Series H-4 (1965) 40 trip / $10 - 30 day commutation and the Series H-5 1969 # of trips unknown / $10, both of which have a red outlined 10. The question remains how many scrip were in the book. Also of particular note to the F-4 series, is the different security underprinting: wavy lines with National Security Ticket logo, in vertical orientation.

   It is presumed but unconfirmed, that the F series books were available for all truck classes / commercial vehicles: two axles up to 2 ton; two axle 2-5 tons; two axle, over 5 tons; three axle and four axle; but at this time we can only confirm the F-4.




Unknown Bus Series - (possible Series F)

   Mentioned in the 1928 Annual Report is a Bus Commutation Issues for Passenger Buses. The booklet contained 600 tickets valid for a month and sold for $360.


Bus Operation -The Goethals Bridge
On June 29, 1928, the Public Service Coordinated Transport commenced operations between the Winfield Scott Hotel, Elizabeth, and St. George, Staten Island, using the Goethals Bridge. The fare was 40c each way. This service was discontinued on September 15, 1928, as it was claimed by the operators to have been unprofitable. Subsequently, the Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce took up the question of re-establishing a regular bus service over the bridge, between Elizabeth and Staten Island. The proposition interested the Nevin Bus Company who agreed to make the venture provided that some arrangement could be made whereby the rate of $1.00 assessed as a toll over bridge could be adjusted.

Believing that the establishment of a regular bus service would tend to build up the local communities served, and further that its existence would provide additional bridge revenues, the Port Authority agreed to sell 600-trip monthly bus tickets for $360. In establishing this rate, the Port Authority adhered to its policy of granting no franchises or other exclusive rights to anyone wishing to use the bridges. Any bus owner may buy a 600-trip ticket, but no rebates are made if the minimum of 600 trips are not made within the month. As a result of this action, regular bus service between Staten Island and New Jersey dated from December 1, 1928, and has since continued. The fare being charged for passengers is 25c one way, instead of 40c as formerly.



Employees Pass - Series P

   Series P is an Employees Personal Pass. Non-transferable, and must show proper photo identification.


PNYA Series F-4 - Motor Truck Commutation - 1934/1935
2 year? / Motor Truck, 2 Axles, up to and including 2 tons - Staten Island Crossings only
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
International Ticket Company, Newark, NJ
lithography
wavy lines with National Security Ticket logo, vertical format
black
coupon number & vehicle class in red
n/a
none
none
blank
n/a
twelve months, two year punch tabs along bottom; Staten Island Crossings only
3 ¾" (width) - 2 3/32" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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ticket

booklet cover
PNYA Series H-3 - Passenger Automobile Commutation - 1942/1943
30 day / 26 trip / $6.00 - Staten Island Crossings only
collection of MTA Archives
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:

size:
International Ticket Company, Newark, NJ
lithography
wavy lines with National Security Ticket logo, vertical format
black
coupon number & vehicle class in red
n/a
none
red
unknown
unknown
twelve months, two year along bottom
31 days punch tabs on right
unknown
.

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PNYA Series H-4 - Passenger Automobile Commutation (1965)
40 trip / 30 day / $10.00 - Hudson River Crossings only
collection of George S. Cuhaj
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
Rand McNally & Company, New York & Chicago
lithography
alternating 5 lines with Port of New York Authority horizontal format
green
coupon number in red
crosshatch
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red
n/a
blank
30 day commutation - 40 trips, $10
unknown
.

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PNYA Series H-4 (8/20/1960)
40 trip / 30 day / $10.00 - All Crossings 
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
colors, face (cover):
colors, back (cover):
notes, other:


size:
Rand McNally
lithography
alternating 5 lines with Port of New York Authority horizontal format
black
coupon number & book value in red
crosshatch
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix & serial number on notes*
blue
single twist & floret frame, blank
black on white with red 30 DAY COMMUTATION
black on white, contract on inner back cover
30 day commutation - 40 trips, $10
*black prefix letter with red serial number on front cover, inner front cover
& flyleaf receipt
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PNYA Series H-4 (7/14/1965)
40 trip / 30 day / $10.00 - all crossings 
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
colors, face (cover):
colors, back (cover):
notes, other:


size:
Rand McNally
lithography
alternating 5 lines with Port of New York Authority horizontal format
black
coupon number & book value in red
crosshatch
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix & serial number on notes*
blue
single twist & floret frame, blank
black on white with red 30 DAY COMMUTATION
black on white, contract on inner back cover
30 day commutation - 40 trips, $10
*black prefix letter with red serial number on front cover, inner front cover
& flyleaf receipt
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)


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booklet cover onlybooklet cover only
p
PNYA Series H-5 - Passenger Automobile Commutation - 1967
25 trip / 2 Years / $10.00
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
colors, face (cover):
colors, back (cover):
notes, other:

size:
Rand McNally & Company, New York & Chicago
lithography
alternating 5 lines with Port of New York Authority horizontal format
dark blue
coupon number & book value in red
crosshatch
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix & serial number on notes
blue
blank twist & floret single frame
dark blue on blue with red 1967 & serial number, wave frame
dark blue on blue, contract on inner & outer back cover
25 trip / 2 year commutation / $10
dark blue prefix letter with dark blue serial number on flyleaf receipt
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PNYA Series H-5 - Passenger Automobile Commutation - 1969 
2 year / # of trips unknown (25?) / 2 Year / $10.00
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
colors, face (cover):
colors, back (cover):
notes, other:

size:
Rand McNally
lithography
alternating 5 lines with Port of New York Authority horizontal format
dark blue
coupon number & book value in red
crosshatch
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix & serial number on notes
blue
blank twist & floret single frame
unknown (presumed to be similar to previous year)
unknown (presumed to be similar to previous year)
25 trip / 2 year commutation / $10
dark blue prefix letter with dark blue serial number on flyleaf receipt
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PNYA Series H-5 - Passenger Automobile Commutation - 1970 
25 trips / 2 Year / $10.00
lithograph
Pinterest


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PNYA Series H-5 - Passenger Automobile Commutation - 1971 
25 trips / 2 Year / $10.00
lithograph
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
colors, face (cover):
colors, back (cover):
notes, other:

size:
Rand McNally & Company, New York & Chicago
lithography
alternating 5 lines with Port of New York Authority horizontal format
dark blue
coupon number & book value in red
crosshatch
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
red prefix & serial number on notes
blue
blank twist & floret single frame
dark blue on blue with red 1971 & serial number, wave frame
dark blue on blue, contract on inner & outer back cover
25 trip / 2 year commutation / $10
dark blue prefix letter with dark blue serial number on flyleaf receipt
3 ¾" (width) - 2 1/8" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PNYA Employee's Personal Pass (1964) 
lithograph
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:

size:
Rand McNally
lithography
alternating 5 lines with Port of New York Authority horizontal format
black
coupon number & class? in red
none
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
black "BOOK No. P", red serial number
n/a
n/a
Employees Personal Pass
PA-378 / 10-64
3 ¾" (width) - 2 5/32" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)


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PNYA Scrip & Commutations Books - the "new design"

   In 1969, PNYA toll scrip was redesigned and released, presumably to reflect a more modern image and to incorporate new security and accounting features.

   This new design veered away from the "stock certificate" look with ornate border of the original design; and now carried an overexposed (for lack of a better term) styled silhouette image of the head of the Statue of Liberty on the left side. The main body of the note is printed in lime green with light blue security underprinting "PORT ON NEW YORK AUTHORITY". Large 11/16" numerals in blue are also carried on the face for easier denominational identification. The font is now an easier to read sans-serif Helvetica style.    

   In keeping with its predecessors, these issues retained the TS code to denote denominations: TS4 ($1.00) and a new TS7 for $3.00. It is unknown at this time, if a TS6 issue in either 2.00 or 2.25 denominations, and if the printing of TS5 ($1.50) was included in the new design, and if higher denominations than $3.00 were printed. It is presumed so.

   Also, noted on the new design is a 3/4" wide unprinted white area one side of the scrip, which is now reserved for the serial number and the Series number: 04 = TS4, 07 = TS7, etc; and the serial number.



Optical Character Recognition

   On this new design of scrip, both the series and serial number are now printed in Optical Character Recognition - A font (shortened to OCR-A) and in black ink.


   "Many of the typefaces used today are derived from medieval calligraphy, only slightly modified by the limitations of early printing technologies (wood blocks and movable type). To imitate fine penmanship, vertical strokes are thick compared to horizontal strokes, and NW-SE diagonals are thicker than NE-SW diagonals. 

   Therefore curved strokes may vary in width according to their local orientation. In contrast, typefaces specifically designed for accurate OCR, such as OCR-A and OCR-B fonts, have uniform stroke widths and exaggerated distinctions between similar symbols such as Ο and 0 or 1 and l:

1234567890
OCR-A font

.

   The next step in the evolution of the OCR font was to make it more visually pleasing. With this accomplishment, the font assumed an even easier to read character similar to Helvetica or Arial Condensed.


OCR-B font

   "OCR-A was not the first font to tackle these machine-scanning issues, but it was a major step forward in that it was a complete alphabet that was readable by both machines and humans. Previously, the most well-known use for such technology involved something you’re probably familiar with, if you’ve cashed a check sometime in the last 60 years: Magnetic Ink Character Recognition, or MICR:"


MICR E13-B font - used in North America

   OCR-A, which you might have seen on a piece of junk mail or two over the years, expanded on the basic idea of MICR by creating a character set that could be detected by either a computer or a set of eyes. The problem was, however, that it was a better fit for computers and had a strongly stylized design, which some found not so appealing."

Selected excerpts above credit to: "Typography - History of Optical Character Recognition"; Tedium by Ernie Smith, March 22, 2017:



   While Optical Character Recognition programming is common today on modern computers and image scanner programs, its history can be traced back to being first developed in 1912 by Emanuel Goldberg, as an aid for reading for the visually impaired.

   By 1966, OCR programs evolved to the degree to be adopted for widespread use by the US Post Office for letter sorting. The actual font (OCR-A) was developed from MICR font by none other than Adrian Frutiger, who is a world renowned designer of typeface designer).

   As for the OCR-A font itself, (which can be read by that article above), the font was a further developmental step from, and similar to the MICR E13B font that routing and account numbers are printed in, which can be seen on the bottom of your checks from your local bank.

   As for the technical aspects of MICR, each character is magnetically readable due to the composition of the ink and the unique shape or "magnetic fingerprint" each numeral has and not by the optical appearance, although by incorporating the magnetic signal into an optically recognizable Arabic numeral; aids in readability.

   The trial of MICR E13B font was shown to the American Bankers Association (ABA) in July 1956, which adopted it in 1958 as the MICR standard for negotiable documents in the United States. The ABA adopted MICR as its standard because machines could read MICR accurately, and MICR could be printed using existing technology. In addition, MICR remained machine readable, even when overstamped, marked, and minor mutilation. The first checks using MICR were printed by the end of 1959. Although compliance with MICR standards was voluntary in the United States, it had been almost universally adopted in the United States by 1963.


   And as we now see; this new PNYA issue of scrip was not released until 1969. It should be noted:
  • MICR readers don’t "see" the characters optically; only the amount of magnetic signal present in a vertical line at any given point; and
  • the odd print styles of MICR fonts are designed to give each character a distinctive signal shape.
    whereas:
  • OCR-A readers are strictly optical.
   
   With the evolution of computer programming and optics, the "mechanical" appearance of the OCR-A font has evolved to being usable with most sans-serif fonts.

   Another interesting feature accompanying the OCR-A font and seen on this new design, is the 1/2" 90 degree right angle device. Its actual purpose currently unconfirmed, but I believe it to be for the optical reader and associated with the serial number printing area; as it is only seen on this design issue of scrip utilizing the OCR-A characters. This "angle device" appears regardless of whether the serial number is printed on the left or right hand side of the notes; nor is this "angle device" seen on any previous or subsequent issues with other types of serial numbering. It is therefore possible it is a "check digit" or "check character" for the OCR readers.

   Returning to new design of the scrip, a change is seen on the TS7-1970 (3.00 denomination), with the unprinted area is on the right, yet with same OCR-A font for series and serial number.

   On the back of the note, in bronze ink; a simple large 11/16" block style 1.00 graces the note; as well as the Port of New York Authority seal repeating as a security underprinting.

   A variety encountered, is TS4 - 1969 scrip perforated with the letters "US" (I only have the "US" perforated variety, I need an unperforated regular issue). It is believed, but as yet unconfirmed that these were issues to US governmental agencies and / or the military. This US perforation is seen in a earlier issue of scrip at well: Series TS4 - 1935:




PNYA "new design" - Toll Scrip - 1969-1972
PNYA Series TS4 - 1969 - $1.00 
perforated "U S " (presumably government issue)
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:

design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
unknown
lithography
repeating text & seal "PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY"
lime green, white head of Statue of Liberty, blue numerals
unprinted area for serial number on left
n/a
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
OCR registration angle, black series number and serial number in OCR-A font in unprinted margin on left,
bronze
large sans-serif denomination numerals in bronze
perforated U S
3 ¾" (width) - 2 5/32" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PNYA Series TS7 - 1970 - $3.00
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:

design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:

design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
unknown
lithography
repeating text "PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY" on face
repeating text & seal "PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY" on back
lime green, white head of Statue of Liberty, blue numerals
unprinted area for serial number on right
n/a
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
OCR registration angle, black series number and serial number in OCR-A font in unprinted margin on right
bronze
large sans-serif denomination numerals in bronze

3 ¾" (width) - 2 5/32" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PNYA Series TS7 - 1970 - $3.00
overstamp "FOR USE / TRANSCON LINES / ONLY"
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:

design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field:
facsimile signature:
serial number:

design colors, back:
design notes, back:
notes, other:
size:
unknown
lithography
repeating text "PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY" on face
repeating text & seal "PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY" on back
lime green, white head of Statue of Liberty, blue numerals
unprinted area for serial number on right
n/a
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
OCR registration angle, black series number and serial number in OCR-A font in unprinted margin on right
bronze
large sans-serif denomination numerals in bronze
blue overstamp for FOR USE TRANSCON LINES ONLY"
3 ¾" (width) - 2 5/32" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
Transcon was originally founded 1946 in California as a local shipper. With the opening of the Eisenhower Interstate System across the United States, Transcon grew rapidly into the long distance / over the road trucking field through acquisitions starting in 1950. /The company enjoyed immense success 1980 following ICC deregulation. By 1990 Transcon was losing about $5 million a month, and sold to Growth Financial Corporation in April 1990 for a token $12. A detailed history of Transcon Lines may be read here: Transcon History - US1  Industries.

Is is presumed Transcon purchased toll scrip in bulk, (possibly, but not likely at a small discount); and either they or the Port New York Authority overstamped their script for their use only when redeeming at the Port Authority crossings to prevent unauthorized use.



PNYA "new design" - Commutation Books - 1969-1972
PNYA Series H-4 - February 1972
30 day / 20 ticket / $10.00
lithograph
collection of George S. Cuhaj
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back
serial number:
.
notes:
.
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:
.
security underprinting:
size:
Austin J. Tobin
Rand McNally
green with white head of Statue of Liberty
light blue underprinting
coupon: black OCR-A font
cover: prefix 1, large sans-serif serial number in unprinted margin on left
30 day / 20 trips / $10
coupon number in red, serial number with prefix in red
repeating "PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY" (very faint)
repeating PNYA seal, repeating: Good at / George Washington Bridge / Goethals Bridge / Outerbridge Crossing / Bayonne Bridge / Holland Tunnel / Lincoln Tunnel
PNYA seal on back of ticket
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)



PNYA "new design" - Employee's Personal Pass
PNYA Employees Personal Pass - ca. 1969 to 1972
Note this design carries the same design (silhouette view of Liberty Island and NY harbor)
as the PANYNJ First Issue Series H-5 Commutation Book Cover - 1977
OCR-A font serial number
PA 378-69
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
serial number:
notes:
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:


size:
Austin J. Tobin, Executive Director
unknown
red silhouette view of Liberty Island and NY harbor, numerals red
bronze 
serial number in black OCR-A font, in unprinted margin on right,
sans-serif denomination numbers on face and back.
repeating "PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY"
repeating emblem / seal of Port of New York Authority and
"PORT OF NEW YORK AUTHORITY"
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)




PNYA PA 163 / 5-69 A-68044 ReceiptPNYA PA 163 / 7-70 76117 Receipt
PNYA Toll Receipt - August 8, - $1.50
PA 163 - A68044
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
...PNYA Toll Receipt - November 10, 1975 - $1.50
George Washington Bridge
PA 163 - 7-70 - 76117
collection of Philip M. Goldstein



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PNYA Scrip & Commutation Book - Serial Number Prefixes & Designs Observed

  The following is a chart of observed or lack of prefix letters, with serif, sans-serif or lack of "GOOD UNTIL USED"; and security field designs;
for the TS1 - 5, 1935-1969 as well as other Series of Port of New York Authority Toll Scrip.

   If you have an issue with a letter prefix not listed, you are invited to contact me to add it here: bedt14@aol.com or  (936) 396-6103.


Scrip - Port of New York Authority Issues

denom series year notes n/p A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y    Z printer

.25

TS1 1935 intaglio, guilloché back, no s/n prefix
does not have Lincoln Tunnel
no GOOD UNTIL USED
diamond, circle & square security field
light card stock
n/p - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -    - unknown
.






























 
.25

TS1 1935 litho, plain back w/ Banknote Roman numerals: .25
has Lincoln Tunnel,
security field ?
presumed to exist, not yet observed
.







..


...... ......







...





...
 
.25

TS1 1935 litho, plain back w/ Agency numerals: .25
has Lincoln Tunnel,
crescent, wedge & line security field
presumed to exist, not yet observed
.






























 
.25

TS1 1960 litho, frame back w/ Agency numerals: .25
has Lincoln Tunnel,
Gloucester GOOD UNTIL USED
crescent, wedge & line security field
  A
                                                Rand McNally
.































.50

TS2 1935 litho, guilloché back
no GOOD UNTIL USED
F936462 w/ WAR DEPT VEHICLES overtype






F




















Rand McNally
.































.50

TS2 1935 litho, guilloché back
no GOOD UNTIL USED
crescent, wedge & line security field


B

E



J















unknown
.






























.50 TS2 1935 litho, frame back w/ Banknote Roman numerals: .50
Optima GOOD UNTIL USED
cross security field
   




G H














      Rand McNally
.






























.50 TS2 1935 litho, frame back w/ Agency numerals: .50
Gloucester GOOD UNTIL USED
crescent, wedge & line security field
F478379 has Associated Transport o/p
   
C D   F
 
  J
K
M N         S T U   W X      Rand McNally
.






























.50 TS2 1935 litho, blank frame back 
Gloucester GOOD UNTIL USED
L206345 w/ typed "FOR USE OF NAVY VEHICLE ONLY"
   









L










      Rand McNally
































.50 TS2 1935 litho, blank frame back 
Gloucester GOOD UNTIL USED
M208179
   










M









      Rand McNally
.






























.75

TS3

1935 litho, guilloché back
security field ?
presumed to exist, not yet observed                          
.






























.75

TS3

1935 litho, frame back w/ Banknote Roman numerals: .75
Optima GOOD UNTIL USED
cross security field
  A                                              
  Rand McNally
.






























.75

TS3

1935 litho, frame back w/ Agency numerals: .75
Gloucester GOOD UNTIL USED
crescent, wedge & line security field
                                                Y   Rand McNally
.































1.00

TS4 1935 litho, guilloché back: 1 DOLLAR
no GOOD UNTIL USED
crescent, wedge & line security field












L













Rand McNally
.

.






























litho, single frame back w/ Banknote Roman numerals: 1.00



























1.00 TS4 1935 large 10 pt Gloucester GOOD UNTIL USED, dot & long hyphen









J















unknown



crude crescent, wedge & line security field



























.































1.00

TS4 1935 litho, double frame back w/ Banknote Roman numerals: 1.00
Optima GOOD UNTIL USED
security field ?

A
























Rand McNally
.

.




























1.00

TS4 1935 litho, frame back w/ Agency numerals:  I.00
Gloucester GOOD UNTIL USED
*R898182 perfed "US"

A           G       K       O P Q R*       V         Rand McNally
.































1.00

TS4 1969 Statue of Liberty design,
MICR E13-B font for series s/n on left side
n/p                                                     unknown
.































1.50

TS5 1951 litho, guilloché back: 1 50/100 DOLLARS
no GOOD UNTIL USED
crescent, wedge & line security field
n/p

























Rand McNally
.































1.50

TS5 1951 litho, frame back w/ Banknote Roman numerals: 1.50
Optima GOOD UNTIL USED
security field ? 
























X

Rand McNally
.































1.50

TS5 1951 litho, frame back w/ square numerals: I.00
Gloucester GOOD UNTIL USED
crescent, wedge & line security field
                                          U   W       Rand McNally
.






























1.75?
2.00?
2.25? 2.50?
TS6 1969?
1970?





























presumed to exist, not yet observed




































.






























3.00 TS7 1970 Statue of Liberty design,
"check" style font for series and s/n on right side
overprinting seen for Transcon trucking line
n/p

























unknown
..
Commutation Tickets & Books - Port of New York Authority Issues
PNYAF-41934/
1935
Motor Truck (2 axles) up to 2 tons -
Goethals, Outerbridge or Bayonne Bridges
$10.00 - 7 months (6 months in addition to month purchased)
no serial number - coupon #23
Int'l Ticket Co
.
PNYAMotor Truck (2 axles) 2 to 5 tons
Tractor w/ semi trailer (3 axles) less than 5 tons
Passenger Auto w/ semi trailer (3 axles)
$15.00 - 7 months (6 months in addition to month purchased)
.
PNYAMotor Truck (2 axles) more than 5 tons
Tractor w/ Semi Trailer (3 axles)
Truck Tractor (3 Axles)
$18.75 - 7 months (6 months in addition to month purchased)
.
PNYAH31942/
1943
Passenger Auto
Goethals, Outerbridge or Bayonne Bridges only
$6.00 - good until December 31, 1943
s/n 122500
..






























PNYA H4
green
1965 Passenger Auto - 40 trip / 30 day / $10.00
Hudson River Crossings only
s/n 92006
n/p


























.
PNYAH4
black
1960
1965
Passenger Auto - 40 trip / 30 day / $10.00
all crossings
good until August 20, 1960 - s/n C 233127
good until July 14, 1965 - s/n E 648863 
C
1960
E
1965
I

unk
.






























PNYA H5 1967 Passenger Auto
good until December 31, 1969
s/n C 927378 - (cover only)


C























Rand McNally
.






























PNYA H5 1969 Passenger Auto - 25 trip / 2 Year / $10.00
good until December 31, 1969 
s/n D 569020 - coupon #7



D






















Rand McNally
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PNYA H5 1970 Passenger Auto - 25 trip / 2 Year / $10.00
good until December 31, 1970 
s/n E 151596




E






















Rand McNally
.






























PNYA H5 1971 Passenger Auto - 25 trip / 2 Year / $10.00
good until December 31, 1969
s/n E 749604 (cover only)




E





















Rand McNally
.






























PNYAP1964?Employees Personal Pass
P 89098 - coupon #24
form PA-378 10/64
PRand McNally
.
PNYA
new design
H4 1972 Passenger Auto - 20 ticket / 30 day / $10.00
good until February 17, 1972
s/n 1 828604 (gsc)
1 xxxxxx



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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

   In 1972, the Port of New York Authority was renamed to better reflect its status and partnership concerning the two states, that being of New York AND New Jersey.

   As the PANYNJ was now involved in not just administering to bridges and tunnels; but passenger bus routes and stations, commuter rail facilities, freight railroad stations & terminals, maritime shipping ports & facilities, helipads, airports & airfields as well as commercial land ownership and leasing office space. As such, the PANYNJ underwent a reorganization to better administer to and reflect operation of all these entities, and the bi-state nature of these properties.

   As a result of and in relation to this new corporate identity, new printings of all toll scrip and commutation books were changed to carry the agency's new identity: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.


Please note:
   In consideration of the removal of a series number or issue years from this and subsequent designs, the following scrip issue designs are divided into tentative First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth issues for either Scrip or Commutation Books at this time. This series system is based on changes in general appearance, use of PANYNJ logos and dates of use as either written on the inside front cover, or in the printing codes on the stubs. If information is received from official PANYNJ sources or collectors, that an official series name or number exists, the nomenclature on this website may change.


PANYNJ Scrip - First? Issue - ca. 1972 - Series of 1969

   It is here where I would appreciate all assistance and input. Scrip examples and information are severely lacking. In some cases, I only have a booklet cover and the stubs inside, but no images of the actual scrip. So, it goes without further elaboration: images and information are greatly appreciated. Your extras for sale are even more so! 

   Please do not hesitate to contact me either by email at
bedt14@aol.com or by telephone at (936) 396-6103.


   As such, the lettering and underprinting of the scrip was changed to reflect the new agency name. While the front design appears unchanged, the color of the back of the scrip was changed to green; and now, the underprinting was a smaller repeating version of the Statue of Liberty (replacing the PNYA seal) as well as the small words "Port Authority of New York and New Jersey" of face and back.


PANYNJ First? Issue - Series TS4 - 1969 - $1.00
collection of Philip M. Goldstein

printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field, face:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
security underprinting, signature field, face:
notes, other:
size
:
unknown
lithographic
none
lime green, black text, blue numerals, white (unprinted) Statue of Liberty head
all text sans-serif
medium green security underprint "Port Authority of New York and New Jersey"
none
black OCR-A font, in unprinted margin on right, registration angle at top right
green
sans-serif denomination numbers on back, wide unprinted area left, thin strip on right
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" and Statue of Liberty face

3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)



   Until now, all notes seen had fit neatly into either the final 1969 and 1970 Series of PNYA scrip above or the issues of PANYNJ below.

   But the appearance of the $1.00 scrip directly above now presents a quandary. It clearly says Port of New York and New Jersey, and front and back designs match those in those series illustrated below. However, it still retains the designation Series TS4 - 1969 in the upper left, and it has an OCR-A series number (04), serial number and 90 degree registration angle as with the final Port of New York Authority series from the previous designs, as seen on notes in the chapter prior to this.

   However the unprinted area for the serial number is on the right which conforms to following PANYNJ issues (instead of left as with those previous PNYA issues).

   It is unknown if there are other denominations conforming to the above design, or if only the $1.00 note appeared like this, with the $1.50 and higher denominations falling into below designs , which would in actuality make them part of the First Issue. Until more information surfaces or other notes appear, I will keep the designs separated by issue.

   Therefore, the appearance of this above note now has been designated PANYNJ First Issue, and those issue numbers of notes listed below have been advanced by one (First becoming Second, Second becoming Third, etc).

   All subsequent PANYNJ issues appear to forgo the use of the Series TS designation. Denominations in my collection are $2.25, $3.00 and $6.00. Serial numbers remain in the unprinted area on right, but are now in a larger easier to read sans-serif number font.    

   The serial number is no longer in OCR-A font, and appears to a standard sans-serif numbering font (but still can be optically recognized) applied via automatic letterpress numbering crash numbering machines.

   There is one variety worth noting: on the $6.00 issue, there is seen a serial number without prefix, and one with a double zero (00) prefix. The purpose or meaning of this 00 prefix is unknown at this time.

   Also, on notes higher than 9,999,999, the numeral 1 for the 10 million designation appears to have been printed in a separate process from the rest of the serial number; perhaps even at the time of the application of the black ink process for the main design. Also seen is a double zero, 00 prefix.

   This size of the scrip remains as with all previous issues: 3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness).


Series H-4 Commute Books - 30 day / 20 ticket
PANYNJ First? Issue - Series H-4 - October 1973
30 day / 20 ticket / $10.00
large font serial number with 003 serial number prefix
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors:

serial number:
notes:
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:
size:
none
Rand McNally
face: purple, white head of Statue of Liberty
back: purple
black OCR-A font; 003 prefix, black ink

unknown
unknown
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

.

PANYNJ First? Issue - Series H-4 - June 1975
30 day / 20 ticket / $10.00
small condensed sans-serif font serial number - no prefix
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field, face:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
security underprinting, signature field, face:
notes, other:
size:
unknown
lithographic
none
purple, black text, white (unprinted) Statue of Liberty head
all text sans-serif
purple security underprint "Port Authority of New York and New Jersey"
none
black OCR-B font, in unprinted margin on right, registration angle at top right
purple
sans-serif denomination numbers on back, unprinted area left, stub unprinted
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" and Statue of Liberty face
Class 16? 020 = ticket number
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)



Series H-5 Commute Books - 12 ticket / 1 year
PANYNJ First? Issue - Series H-5 - 1976
1 year / 12 ticket / $9.60
large font serial number with 002 serial number prefix
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field, face:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
security underprinting, signature field, face:
notes, other:
size:
Rand McNally
lithographic
none
presumed purple, black text, white (unprinted) Statue of Liberty head
all text sans-serif
purple security underprint "Port Authority of New York and New Jersey"
none
black ink, sans-serif font with 002 prefix on cover, OCR-A font on tickets ?
purple
unknown
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" and Statue of Liberty face
white cloth binding on booklet cover
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

.

PANYNJ First? Issue - Series H-5 - 1977
1 year / 12 ticket / $9.60
large font serial number with 002 serial number prefix
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
printer:
printing method:
security printing, paper / watermark:
design colors, face:
design notes, face:
security underprinting, signature field, face:
facsimile signature:
serial number:
design colors, back:
design notes, back:
security underprinting, signature field, face:
notes, other:
size:
Osceola Graphics
lithographic
none
presumed purple, black text, white (unprinted) Statue of Liberty head
all text sans-serif
purple security underprint "Port Authority of New York and New Jersey"
none
black ink, sans-serif font with 002 prefix on cover, OCR-A font on tickets ?
purple
unknown
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" and Statue of Liberty face
white cloth binding on booklet cover
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)



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PANYNJ Scrip - Second? Issue - ca. 1976?
   
   With this design, the "TS Series" and year and the OCR-A serial number font no longer used.

   It is also now seen that the books of scrip tickets are bound with red padding compound, instead of wire (staple) stitching. Commutation books remain wire (staple) stitched, covered with adhesive cloth tape and tickets perforated for tear off.




PANYNJ Second? Issue - $1.50
red padding compound
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
.

.

PANYNJ Second? Issue - $1.50
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back
serial number:
notes:
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:

size:
none
unknown
lime green, white head of Statue of Liberty, blue numerals
medium green security underprint with large numerals
black sans-serif in unprinted margin on right
sans-serif denomination numbers on face and back.
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
repeating emblem of Statue of Liberty and
"PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
PANYNJ Second? Issue - $2.00
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors face:
colors, back:
serial number:
notes:
.
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:

size:
none
unknown
lime green, white head of Statue of Liberty, blue numerals
medium green security underprint with large numerals
black sans-serif in unprinted margin on right
sans-serif denomination numbers on face and back.
1 prefix (greater than 10,000,000) out of register
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"  repeating emblem of Statue of Liberty and
"PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

.

PANYNJ Second? Issue - $2.00
with overstamp for Domenico Bus Service
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
serial number:
notes:
.
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:

size:
none
unknown
lime green, white head of Statue of Liberty, blue numerals
medium green security underprint with large numerals
black sans-serif in unprinted margin on right
sans-serif denomination numbers on face and back.
1 prefix, overstamp for Domenico Bus Service
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"  repeating emblem of Statue of Liberty and
"PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

.

PANYNJ Second? Issue - $2.25
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
notes:
.
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:

size:
none
unknown
lime green, white head of Statue of Liberty, blue numerals
medium green security underprint with large numerals
black sans-serif in unprinted margin on right
sans-serif denomination numbers on face and back.
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
repeating emblem of Statue of Liberty and
"PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

.


PANYNJ Second? Issue - $3.00
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
serial number:
notes:
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:
.
size:
none
unknown
lime green, white head of Statue of Liberty, blue numerals
medium green security underprint with large numerals
black sans-serif in unprinted margin on right
sans-serif denomination numbers on face and back.
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
repeating emblem of Statue of Liberty and
"PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

.

PANYNJ Second? Issue - $6.00
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
serial number:
notes:
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:

size:
none
unknown
 lime green, white head of Statue of Liberty, blue numerals
medium green security underprint with large numerals
black sans-serif in unprinted margin on right
sans-serif denomination numbers on face and back.
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" repeating emblem of Statue of Liberty and
"PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

.


PANYNJ Second? Issue - $6.00
with 00 serial number prefix
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
serial number:

notes:
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:

size:
none
unknown
lime green, white head of Statue of Liberty, blue numerals
medium green security underprint with large numerals
00 prefix (preprinted?) - unusual font for serial number
black ink sans-serif font in unprinted margin on right
sans-serif denomination numbers on face and back.
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" repeating emblem of Statue of Liberty and
"PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)



PANYNJ Second Issue? - Commutation Tickets & Books

   As with the earlier commutation books, these were books of tickets with no denomination; but were only valid for a limited amount of time, whereas the denominational scrip issues were good until used.

   H-4 books were valid for 30 days, and contained 20 tickets. H-5 Books were good for a year, but only contained 12 tickets.



PANYNJ Second? Issue - Series H-4 - February 1977
30 day / 20 ticket / $20.00
roman font serial number 
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
serial number:
notes:
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:

size:
none
Rand McNally
red, white head of Statue of Liberty
red
black ink, sans serif on coupons, roman font on cover, in red body

repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" on face repeating emblem of Statue of Liberty and
"PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" on back
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

.


PANYNJ Second? Issue - Series H-4 October 1979
30 day / 20 ticket / $20.00
sans-serif font serial number 
collection of George S. Cuhaj
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
serial number:
.
notes:
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:

size:
none
Rand McNally, Southern Coupon, Osceola Graphics; others?
red, white head of Statue of Liberty
red
black ink, sans-serif on cover in white area, sans-serif font, ticket number over serial number

repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" on face repeating emblem of Statue of Liberty and
"PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" on back
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

.

PANYNJ Second? Issue - Series H-4 - March 29 / April 29, 1980
30 day / 20 ticket / $20.00
roman font serial number on book cover, sans-serif serial number on tickets
This issue raises at least one question. With the serial number cover on the book different from the tickets,
were there two separately contracted printing firms?
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
serial number:

notes:
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:

size:
none
Rand McNally
blue, white head of Statue of Liberty
blue
black ink, roman font on cover, sans-serif font on tickets, ticket number over serial number

repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
repeating emblem of Statue of Liberty and
"PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)




PANYNJ Second? Issue - Carpool Commutation Books

   As learned from a Federal Highway Administration report on "Valuation of Priority Treatment for High Occupancy Vehicles, Final Report - January 1981", the Carpool Ticket book was introduced in 1975; the following is now known.

TOLL PRICING
New York City, NY

Project Description:

Reduced tolls for 3+ carpools during peak periods were instituted on six river crossings from New Jersey to New York. The carpool tolls were introduced in April 1975 at the same time tolls were increased for other modes. The carpool rate is half the rate of a standard commuter ticket. 

Project Location:

The six (6) river crossings are the Outerbridge Crossing, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, George Washington Bridge, and the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels.

Project Characteristics:

On April 10, 1975, the toll schedule for the NY-NJ river crossings was increased by 50 percent for all classes of vehicles except buses. At the same time, an existing 50 percent commuter discount ticket and a 20 percent two-year discount ticket were abolished. A special weekday transferable carpool ticket was made available for 3+ carpools. This carpool ticket, good for six months, represented a 66 2/3 percent discount over the new cash fare and equivalent to the price of a commuter ticket before the toll increase. 

On April 21, 1975, the twenty trip, thirty-day commuter discount ticket was reinstated, except at a 33 1/3 percent discount level rather than at the previous 50 percent level. This toll schedule took effect on May 5, 1975, and is summarized as follows:


Prior to 5/5/75  Effective 5/5/75
Automobile: cash price $1.00 $1.50
Thirty day Commuter Ticket .50 $1.00
Two-Year Ticket .80 n/a
Carpool Ticket n/a .50
Bus: $2.00 $2.00 
Trucks: $1.00-$4.00 $1.50-$6.00

Project Impacts:

   Carpool ticket use increased from 400 during the first week of the project to almost 4000 one month later as existing commuters and carpools became familiar with the new ticket. This represents approximately 2 percent of all peak period vehicular crossings and 5 percent of all person crossings.

   However, the carpool discount had a minimal effect on the actual formation of new 3+ carpools. Negligible changes in vehicular occupancies supports this finding. An examination of commuter travel modes in the NYC area helps to explain this situation. Of the total morning peak period travelers (195,000 total crossing the river), 65 percent use mass transit, and over 90 percent of these trips are destined to the Central Business District. On the other hand, less than 40 percent of total peak period automobile trips are destined to the Central Business District. Thus, about 85 percent of the trans-Hudson person trips to the Central Business District in the peak period are by transit and only 15 percent by auto. For Central Business District work trips-only the auto percentage is even lower. This must be placed into the perspective that the average one-way trans-Hudson auto commuter trip is over 30 miles.



PANYNJ Second? Issue - Series CP - Carpool Automobile - June / December 1980
6 month / 60 ticket / $30
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
serial number:
notes:
security underprinting, face:

security underprinting, back:
size:
none
Southern Coupon, Birmingham, AL, and other books unmarked
green, white head of Statue of Liberty
green
black sans-serif font; ticket number over serial number

repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
repeating emblem of Statue of Liberty and
"PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - (thickness unknown)


PANYNJ Second? Issue - Employees Personal Passes
PANYNJ Second? Issue - Employee's Personal Pass (unknown year - post 1972) - Variety 1 (red 12)
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors:

serial number:
notes:
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:

.

size:
PA form:
none
unknown
face: red silhouette view of Liberty Island and NY harbor
back: gold security underprinting
black ink sans-serif font, ticket number over serial number
in unprinted margin on right
red sans-serif number "12" in upper left corner of face.
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
repeating Statue of Liberty and PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
378-69
.

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PANYNJ Second? Issue - Employee's Personal Pass (unknown year - post 1972) - Variety 2 (black 12)
collection of George S. Cuhaj
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
serial number:
notes:
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:
.
size:
PA form:
none
unknown
red silhouette view of Liberty Island and NY harbor
light gold security underprinting
black ink sans-serif font in unprinted margin on right
black sans-serif number "12" in upper left corner of face.
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" 
repeating Statue of Liberty and PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
378-69



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PANYNJ Scrip - Third Issue - ca. 1986

   With this series, and by reviewing the scrip examples in my collection; we can see the next set of design changes. The overall design of the note remains unchanged save for the following few details:
  • the unprinted white area for the serial number is now removed and the face design extended to the border. 
  • the serial number is now simply overprinted on the design at the lower left corner and appears to be in a magenta colored ink.
  • the newest logo of the PANYNJ: is inserted at at the top right of the face
  • and the vignette of the Statue of Liberty now includes more of her shoulder area to accommodate an unprinted white area for the serial number.

   It is unknown at this time what other denominations exist, but several more are likely.

PANYNJ Third? Issue - $3.00
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
serial number:
notes:
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:


size:
none
unknown
green, white head of Statue of Liberty, blue numerals
olive
black ink in lower left corner
sans-serif denomination numbers on face and back.
S. C. 86 on upper left corner of face; 86 = date?
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"  repeating emblem of Statue of Liberty
"PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" on back
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

.

PANYNJ Third? Issue - $4.50
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
serial number:
notes:
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:

size:
none
unknown
beige, white head of Statue of Liberty, blue numerals
olive
magenta ink in lower left corner
sans-serif denomination numbers on face and back.
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"  repeating emblem of Statue of Liberty
"PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" on back
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

.

PANYNJ Third? Issue - $6.00
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
serial number:
notes:




security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:
PA form:
size:
none
unknown
coffee, white head of Statue of Liberty, blue numerals
olive
black ink in lower left corner
sans-serif denomination numbers on face and back. Note the butterfly shaped mark on face next to numeral 6. This has not been seen before, but is on all notes of this book, and in same strength. It is unknown if this is an intentional design inclusion, or simply an error on the negative.
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"  repeating emblem of Statue of Liberty
"PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" on back
PA3518/1-88
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PANYNJ Third? Issue - $7.50
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back
serial number
notes:
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:

size:
none
unknown
lavender, white head of Statue of Liberty, blue numerals
olive
magenta ink in lower left corner
sans-serif denomination numbers on face and back.
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"  repeating emblem of Statue of Liberty
"PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" on back
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
.

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PANYNJ Third? Issue - $15.00
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back
serial number
notes:
security underprinting, face:
security underprinting, back:

size:
none
unknown
light blue, white head of Statue of Liberty, blue numerals
olive
black ink in lower left corner
sans-serif denomination numbers on face and back.
repeating PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY"  repeating emblem of Statue of Liberty
"PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" on back
3 ¾" (width) - 2 ⅛" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)


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PANYNJ "Fourth"? Issues & Universal Commuter Commutation Tickets & Books - ca. 1990


PANYNJ Fourth? Issue - 1990
30 day, 20 tickets, $40.00 (cover only)
If my understanding is correct, these scrip were cheaper ($40 for 20 tickets - or $2 value each scrip)
BUT were only valid for 30 days.
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
.

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(under white light)(under ultraviolet light)
unprinted white
PANYNJ "Universal" Issue - 1991
20 ticket, $72.00, commuter book / $4.00 scrip
20 tickets for $72 ($3.60 value each scrip) but were valid indefinitely
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
serial number:
.
notes:
security underprinting, face:
.
security underprinting, back:
size:
printing codes:
PA form
.
none
unknown
lavender, blue numerals
unprinted plain white
OCR-A font in black, lower left of tickets, covers are sans-serif bottom right corner
sans-serif outline shaded denomination number on face.
repeating "THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" in blue on face only. Ultra violet barcode bottom right corner
none
3 15/16" (width) + 3/8" stub - 2 3/16" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
? 3-B890
? C-93
PA 3521 - 10/91



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PANYNJ Scrip - Fifth? Issue - ca. 1993


   Quite frankly, I do not know if this issue is the last issue printed before becoming obsolete what with the advent of E-ZPass, or if in fact another series is lurking about undocumented. I hope time will tell.    

   At the expense of sounding like a broken record, you are cordially invited to share images of your collection or information, additions or corrections. Please contact me by email at bedt14@aol.com or by telephone at (936) 396-6103.

   And yet we can observe another design change!  The new "seagull" logo of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is included at top right.   

   The unprinted area at the bottom for the serial number is removed and the design expanded to cover the entire face of the note. The serial number, now enlarged to 7/32" for easier legibility and in a serif font.



PANYNJ Fourth? Issue - 1993 - $4.00 scrip
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
serial number:
notes:
security underprinting, face:
.
size:
printing code:
PA form:
none
unknown
lime green, white head of statue of Liberty solid blue numerals
unprinted plain white
enlarged serial number in Courier style serif font on bottom,
seagull logo
repeating "THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" in blue on face only. Ultraviolet barcode on right edge
4 1/4" (width) - 2 3/16" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
06-0004-1200
PA-S-4-2/93
PA3516A 2/93
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PANYNJ Fourth? Issue - 1993 - $8.00 scrip
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
facsimile signature:
printer:
colors, face:
colors, back:
serial number:
notes:
security underprinting, face:
.
size:
printing code:
PA form:
none
unknown
pink, white head of statue of Liberty solid blue numerals
unprinted plain white
enlarged serial number in Courier style serif font on bottom,
seagull logo
repeating "THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY" in blue on face only. Ultraviolet barcode on right edge
4 1/4" (width) - 2 3/16" (height) - 0.005" (thickness)
06-008-1200
PA-S-8-2/93
PA3516A 2/93



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PANYNJ End of Scrip Acceptance - 2012


   According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey website, acceptance of Port Authority Scrip & Universal Tickets for toll payments at PANYNJ tunnels and bridges ended on June 30, 2012.

   While they offer a refund program and you may return your Port Authority Scrip and Universal tickets to the PANYNJ for a full refund of the price paid, keeping in mind the monetary value of these tickets is 10 percent less than their face value; i.e.: a ticket with a $4 face value is redeemed at $3.60.


However! I am willing to significantly pay more than face value to add needed examples and issues,
including complete, partial books or empty book covers to my collection.

How much I will pay depends on several factors:
* whether I have the issue or not (and even if I have issues, I may need extras for trade)
* how many of each example you have
* the overall condition they are in, and
* whether they are loose, still attached in either a partial or full book, or if you have book cover only.

Contact me to find out:  bedt14@aol.com  or by telephone at  (936) 396-6103.



ticket color
Third SeriesdenominationFourth Series
slate3.00gray

4.00yellow green
khaki4.50
terra-cotta6.00
periwinkle7.50

8.00pink
orange red



melon
sky blue



pale blue
lime green


20.00olive

24.00periwinkle

Universallavender



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Serial Number Prefixes & Designs Observed for PANYNJ Scrip & Commutation Books

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PANYNJH4
purple
1973
1975
Passenger Auto - 20 ticket / 30 day / $10.00
all crossings

Good Until October 15, 1973 - s/n 003 525555
Good Until June 7, 1975 - s/n 5224095
s/n 1 828604 (gsc)



003 prefix























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PANYNJH4
red
1977
1979
Passenger Auto - 20 ticket / 30 day / $20.00
all crossings
Good Until February 10, 1977 - 1202926 (roman)
Good Until October 31, 1979 - 1547270 (helvetica)



























Southern
Coupon
.





























PANYNJH4
blue
1980Passenger Auto - 20 ticket / 30 day / $20.00
all crossings
Good Until April 29, 1980
Good Until June 18, 1980




























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PANYNJH51976
1977
Passenger Auto
Good Until December 31, 1976 - s/n 002 057443
Good Until December 31, 1977 -  s/n 002 221704
002
Rand McNally
Osceola Graphics
.






























PANYNJCP1980Carpool Automobile - 60 ticket / 6 month / $30.00
all crossings
Good Until December 1980
s/n and 00 prefix s/nSouthern
Coupon
.






























PANYNJEPP?Employees Personal Pass - 0062150
PA-378-69




























 n/p = no prefix
 bold italics
= in my collection



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Known Types of Books - Scrip & Commutation - 1935 to ?


Scrip - PNYA
.
seriesissue datesused forface value
per ticket
actual valuebook qty
"# of trips"
good forbook purchase price
TS21935all vehicles50¢ 45¢25until used$11.25
TS31935all vehicles75¢ 67.5¢25until used$16.88 (?)
TS41935all vehicles$1.0090¢24?until used
TS41935all vehicles$1.0090¢25until used$22.50
TS41969all vehicles$1.00

until used
TS51951all vehicles$1.50$1.3525until used$33.75
TS71970all vehicles$3.00$2.70unkuntil usedunknown
.
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Commutation Tickets & Books - PNYA


1928Passenger Automobile - Staten Island Bridges only
25¢26?$8.00
H-3
1932, 1942/1943Passenger Automobile - Staten Island Bridges only
23¢2630 days$6.00
H-41951, 1960, 1965Passenger Automobile20¢40?30 days$10.00
H-51967, 1969, 1971Passenger Automobile40¢25?1 year$10.00

1929Motor Truck, with driver & helper, less than 2 tons
10¢10030 days$45.00 (reduced to $40 in 1932)

1932Motor Truck, with driver & helper, less than 2 tons
40¢5030 days$40.00
F-41934/35, 1939Motor Truck (2 axle) less than 2 tons40¢257 months$10.00
F-5?1939Motor Truck (2 axle) 2 to 5 tons,
Tractor w/ semi-trailer (3 axles) 2 to5 tons
Passenger Auto w/ semi trailer (3 axles)
60¢257 months$15.00
F-6?1939Motor Truck (2 axle) more than 5 tons,
Tractor w/ semi-trailer (3 axles) more than 5 tons
Truck Tractor (3 axles)
75¢257 month$18.75
F ?1939Bus (2 and 3 axles)60¢60030 days$360.00

1929Tractor with Trailer, driver with helper
75¢10030 days$75.00

1930Passenger Auto?
35¢127 days$4.20

1930Passenger Auto?
35¢127 days$4.20

1930Passenger Auto?
40¢1214 days$4.80

1969-1972Employees Personal Passn/an/aunkunknownn/a
.
Scrip - PANYNJ
.
seriesissue datesused forface value
per ticket
actual valuebook qty
"# of trips"
good forbook purchase price

no date
$1.50
unkuntil used

no date
$2.00
unkuntil used

no date
$2.25
unkuntil used

no date
$3.00
unkuntil used

no date
$6.00
unkuntil used

no date
$4.50
unkuntil used

no date
$7.50
unkuntil used
.
Commutation Tickets & Books - PANYNJ
.
seriesissue datesused forface value
per ticket
actual valuebook qty
"# of trips"
good forbook purchase price
H-41972Passenger Automobile

2030 days$10.00
H-41973Passenger Automobile

2030 days$10.00
H-41975Passenger Automobile

2030 days$10.00
H-41977Passenger Automobile

2030 days$20.00
H-51976Passenger Automobile

12Dec 31, 1976$9.60
H-51977Passenger Automobile

12Dec 31, 1977$9.60
CP1980Carpool Automobile

606 months$30.00

1990Passenger Vehicle

2030 days$40.00

1991Universal Commuter$4
20until used$72.00

post 1972Employees Personal Pass (red number 12)
n/aunkunkn/a

ca. 1977Employees Personal Pass (black number 12)
n/aunkunkn/a

Combination Tickets?




   Another extremely interesting item furnished for this page by George S. Cuhaj, is this intaglio printers plate and printers proof for a pass for the bridge & tunnel crossings for the Port of New York Authority.

   It is not known specifically what such a pass would be used for other than perhaps for city or state government or PNYA agency officials and to the best of his recollection, George does not recall encountering an issued pass conforming to this design.


Port of New York Authority - Pass For Toll Crossings
Rand McNally intaglio plate block with printers proof

collection of George S. Cuhaj



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PANYNJ Toll Receipts

   As with the TBTA toll receipts, they were the most disposable. Who kept them?    

   I personally had only one PANYNJ Toll Receipt in my collection. Thanks to George Cuhaj, he was kind enough to supply quite a few more to add to my solitary piece. Unfortunately, PANYNJ toll receipts are not stamped with a 2 or 4 digit year upon issuance.

   For the ones now shown below, there are two distinct styles of dater imprint: the older two line and the new single line. The older two line imprint has the crossing on the top line G. B. (Goethals Bridge) O. B. X. (Outerbridge Crossing), B. B. for Bayonne Bridge; and the lane number.

   With the new style imprint, all information is on a single line. It is believed that the first numeral in the "new style" imprint reflects the year: 0 = 1980 or 1990,, ! = 1971 or 1981, 5 = 1975 or 1985, etc. Also complicating matters is due to a collectors rush in stamping, the first numeral is sometimes cut off. Usually; based on the toll amount, we can discern the decade issued. The rest of the stamp imprint is relatively straight forward and denotes: crossing, collection lane, month, day, and time.

   In the upper right corner of almost all the receipts is a letter and 5 digit number. One variety seen has this number in the upper left corner under PA 163 and one variety is even blank, with no number. While I am not certain, I believe this to be a printing contract. Almost all receipts have a letter 'A', but the letter 'K' is seen as well on a few.


Bayonne Bridge


circa 1979 - Bayonne Bridge - $1.50
PA 163 - A65981
While normally any extraneous writing on an issue would be distracting, I decided to look up the telephone number. It is to the Goethals Bridge Administration Office!
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
.

.

Goethals Bridge
G. B. - 6 - unknown date - 11:25 PM - $1.50
(old style imprint)
PA 163 / 5-76 - A65981
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
7GB04 - August 30, 1977 - 2:53 PM - $1.50
PA 163 / 5-76 - A65981
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
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Outerbridge Crossing


O.B.X. - 10 - June 5, 1976 - 6:13 PM - $1.50
PA 163 / 5-75 - A62452
(old style imprint)
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
.
_OB08 - December 18 (ca. 1976) - 3:10 PM - $1.50
PA 163 / 5-76 - A80162
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
5OB06 - May 17, 1985 - 2:59 PM - $2.00
PA 163 / 1-84 - A82237
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
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Holland Tunnel
0HT02 - March 5, 1980 - 1:00 PM - $1.50
PA 163 / 5-76 - A65981
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
5HT10 - June 22, 1985 - 6:43 PM  - $2.00
PA 163 / 1-84 - A82851
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
.

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6HT12 - January 12, 1986 - 9:14 AM  - $1.50
PA 163 / 1-84 - K83165
collection of Philip M. Goldstein


Lincoln Tunnel


0LT10 - August 12, 1979? - 6:09 PM - $1.50
PA 163 / 5-76 - A65981
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
.

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George Washington Bridge
4GW14 - September 2_, 1974 - 7:50 PM - $1.00
PA 163 / 10-72 - A57794
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
5GW44 - June 1_, 1976 - 10:36 AM? - $1.50
PA 163 / 5-75 - A62452
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
.

2GW16 - October 23, 1982 - 3:22 PM - $2.25
PA 163 / 5-76 - A75178
collection of Philip M. Goldstein

June 25, 1995 11:42 AM - George Washington Bridge - $4.00
collection of Philip M. Goldstein
.

.

unknown location


unknown date - unknown location - .75
PA 163 / 5-75 - A61324

collection of Philip M. Goldstein



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Historical Toll Fares and Information Time Line for PANYNJ Crossings



   Toll fares and information throughout the years. As I researched the PNYA and PANYNJ Annual Report, I came across mentions of scrip, commutation books and continuation tickets. So I compiled them in a chronological order and published them here.

   The toll fare structure of the Port of New York Authority was cumbersome (and has kind of returned to that way, what with Peak / Off Peak / Overnight Truck Tolls for both cash amounts and E-ZPass discounts)

   The structures were revised numerous times to reflect the opening of additional crossings, public request and traffic flow. Only in later years after 1970, did it actually get raised to compensate for increased costs of operation.

   Fortunately, and most conveniently, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has expended the effort and made digital scans of their of annual reports dating back to their inception in 1921, and available online for free (always a plus!).

   It was surprising to learn that the PNYA not only charged per vehicle but for additional passengers as well. Oh, how that would NOT go over well in this day & age! So in short, while a car & driver was charged 50 cents, each additional passenger was charged a nickel. So a passenger automobile, driver and passenger paid a toll of 55 cents. Families were big back then, so I just imagine the scene at a toll booth on a Sunday morning with a family enroute to the Jersey shore for the day:

toll collector:
father / husband:
mother / wife: 
father (thinking): 
toll collector:  
father:  
mother in law:
father: 
toll collector:
"Good morning sir."
"Good morning to you. Let's see, theres me; the missus, her mother, (man thinking to himself "why did the old bag have to come!?!?!") and three kids.
Junior! Sit up so the man can see you!"
"Four kids, sorry." ("Damn that just cost me a nickel.")
"That'll be 75 cents please." (husband rifling through pocket - chink rattle clink jingle),
"Oh damn I dropped a dime, hang on let me get it."
"Herbert! Watch your language in front of the children!"
"Yes mother..." (indistinct muttering under breath) "There ya go, 75 cents.
"Thank you sir, have a nice day. Drive safely please."

 (And with any luck, his toll fare on the way home was 70 cents when he buried his mother-in-law at the beach!) LOL

   A forgotten but interesting insight to the age; were the tolls collected for animals ridden, led or herded. Can you just picture 50 head of cattle enroute to the meat packing district in Manhattan being herded through the Holland Tunnel? And yet we complain now when we are stuck in non-moving traffic in the tunnel behind a sanitation truck! Been there done that, and with no air conditioning!

   Another forgotten detail: when first opened, automobiles and trucks could pull up to a toll booth on either drivers side or the passenger side of the vehicle! That means a drivers helper or passenger could pay the toll. This arrangement was phased out in the late 1940's, as not all vehicles has passengers, and traffic would back up at the drivers side toll booths.

   Dates are of the annual report, and were published at the conclusion of the operating year.



1928
Toll Fare Structure

toll groupdescriptionamount
Imotorcycles, bicycles, horse & rider25¢
IIpassenger automobiles, ambulances, hearses50¢

extra riders in vehicle5¢
IIIhorse drawn vehicle & rider50¢
IVmotor truck with driver & helper, less than 2 tons60¢
Vmotor truck with driver & helper, 2 tons to 4 1/2 tons75¢
VImotor truck with driver & helper, 5 tons and over$1.00
VIIbus$1.00
VIIItractor-trailer$1.00

Special
IXtractor only75¢

extra trailer50¢

special vehicle (not defined in the annual report)$2.00

pedestrian5¢
No tolls are collected for Army, Navy, Police Department or Fire Department vehicles


 It was proposed and instituted in 1928, that a commutation rates for passenger vehicles be instituted:

12 trips good for one week: $4.20 (35¢ per trip) or
12 trips good for two weeks: $4.80 (40¢ per trip)
.

.
1929
Truck Commutation Rates


   As listed in the annual report for this year, commutation rates for motor trucks was instituted:
  • motor truck with driver & helper, less than 2 tons, 2 axles: 100 trips for $45
  • motor truck with driver & helper, 2 tons to 5 tons, 2 axles: 100 trips for $60
  • motor truck with driver & helper, 5 tons & over, 2 axles: 100 trips for $75
  • tractor trailer with driver & helper, 3 axles: $100 trips for $75
.
.
1932
Toll Fare Schedule Revised, Combination Tickets Offered


   This year, it is mentioned that the institution of combination tickets, (that is, in other words; discounted continuous trips using both the Holland Tunnel and the Bayonne Bridge) was enacted on April 1, 1932. Combination rates in effect with the Holland Tunnel and Arthur Kill Bridges were reduced, commensurate with the reduction in single trip rates.  In order to encourage a more extensive demand for commutation rates applicable on the three Staten Island Bridges, the 26-trip passenger commutation coupon book was reduced from $8.00 to $6.00 giving the commuter the benefit of a twenty-three cent one-way toll compared with twenty-five cents applicable on competing ferries.

   The 60-trip passenger commutation coupon book, which formerly sold at $15.00 was eliminated. Commutation rates on small trucks were reduced from forty-five cents to forty cents per trip, and all commutation truck tickets were issued for sale on the basis of a minimum of 50 trips per month instead of 100 trips per month. The results obtained from these reductions and changes have been encouraging.

   
   On April 1, 1932, the original toll schedule was revised downward in order to partially offset reduced competing ferry rates. The changes involved the elimination of a higher rate for sedans, and places all passenger automobiles on a flat rate of fifty cents on all crossings. At the same time, trucks of capacity up to and including two tons were reduced from sixty cents to fifty cents.

vehicle
class
vehicle descriptionsingle tripcontinuous trip (2 hour limit) Bayonne Bridge
& Holland Tunnel
continuous trip (2 hour limit) Bayonne Bridge
& Outerbridge or Goethals
1passenger automobile, station wagon, hearse, ambulance, tractor without trailer, or extra trailers: 50¢ 75¢75¢
2horse drawn vehicle50¢not permitted
75¢
3passenger automobile with 2 wheel trailer70¢1.351.35
4motorcycle,
bicycle or animals per head
25¢35¢
not permitted
35¢
5truck less than 2 tons, 2 axles50¢ 75¢75¢
6truck 2 to 5 tons, 2 axles75¢$1.00$1.25
7truck more than 5 tons, 2 axles$1.00$1.25$1.50
8tractor & semi-trailer, 6 wheel truck, 3 axles$1.10$1.50$1.75
9tractor-trailer or truck and trailer with 4 axles$1.50 $2.50$2.75
0bus, 2 axles$1.00$1.40$1.50
10bus, 3 axles$1.10$1.50$1.60
11pedestrians.05......


Also, on November 15, 1931, the toll for passengers in automobiles was abolished.
.

.
1933
Truck Commutation Books

   On November 1, a truck commutation book was discontinued and another to replace it was instituted: the 25 ticket book good for 6 months replaced the 50 ticket book good for 1 month issue. These tickets were good on all Staten Island Bridges. I believe this 25 ticket issue is represented in Series F-4 1934/1935 by the example in my collection:
   

collection of Philip M. Goldstein

On November 1st, modification was made in motor truck commutation with the hope of increasing revenues and benefiting the public. Tickets comprising fifty coupons formerly offered for sale were good only for the calendar month in which purchased. These were discontinued and in place thereof tickets comprising twenty-five coupons were made available good for six months after the month in which purchased. These tickets are also good over all Staten Island bridges the same as formerly.
.

.
1934
Prepaid Tickets, Scrip Issues


   This years annual report mentions the following: use of the prepaid tickets was discontinued as of 12/31/1934.

   As a substitute for them, a form of toll scrip in lots of 25 tickets in denominations of 25
¢, 50¢, 75¢ and $1.00 was issued. This scrip was acceptable either singly or can be combined to pay the amount totaling the toll fare required ($1.00 scrip + 50¢ scrip = good for $1.50 toll). This scrip was now applicable for all crossings.

   As such, the existing toll fare structure was now revised to be in multiples of 25
¢ so that amounts of less that 25 cent were not necessary eliminating the need for nickels and quarters (with exception for the 5 cent pedestrian fare).

classdescriptionaxlesamount
1passenger automobiles, 2 axles and horse drawn vehicles (on bridge only)2 axles50¢
2motorcycles
25¢
3bus
$1.00
4motor truck with driver & helper, less than 2 tons2 axles50¢
5motor truck with driver & helper, 2 tons to 5 tons2 axles75¢
6motor truck with driver & helper, 5 tons and over2 axles$1.00
7tractor & semi-trailer, less than 5 tons3 axles$1.00
8tractor & semi-trailer, more than 5 tons3 axles$1.25
9tractor & semi-trailer,4 axles$1.50
10bicycles, and animals (per head)
25¢

pedestrians
5¢


1935
Pedestrian Toll Reduced

   Pedestrian toll on George Washington Bridge reduced from 10 cent to 5 cents.
.

.
1937
Revision to Toll Fare Structure


   
More revisions to the basic toll fare structure took place this year, in reflection of the opening of the first tube of the Lincoln Tunnel:


classdescriptionaxlesamount
1passenger automobiles, 2 axles and horse drawn vehicles (on bridge only)2 axles50¢
2motorcycles; animals ridden, led or herded
25¢
3bus
$1.00
4truck, less than 2 tons2 axles50¢
5truck, 2 tons to 5 tons2 axles75¢
6truck, 5 tons and over2 axles$1.00
7tractor & semi-trailer, less than 5 tons3 axles75¢
8tractor & semi-trailer, more than 5 tons or bus3 axles$1.25
9tractor & semi-trailer or trailer4 axles$1.50
10pedestrian with no bicycles
5¢
No tolls are collected for Army, Navy, Police Department or Fire Department vehicles.


1944
Female Toll Collectors During WW 2


   The Port Authority continued the practice, established in 1943, of hiring women toll collectors to replace the men that were called away for military service for World War 2.
.

.
1951
Commutation Tickets Expanded


   Effective September 1, passenger car tolls for frequent users who cannot take advantage of our commutation tickets were reduced 20 per cent, from 50 cents to 40 cents, through the availability of twenty-five-trip transferable $10 books of tickets, good for two years in addition to the year in which they are sold.

   Toll scrip, usable by any type of vehicle in lieu of cash fare, can be bought at a 10 per cent discount in quantities of twenty-five. The regular price of this scrip is 25 cents, 50 cents, 75 cents, $1.00 and $1.50 each.

   Commutation rates have been in effect on the Port Authority's three Staten Island Bridges for more than twenty years. Commuters may buy twenty-six-trip tickets for $6.00, or at a rate of 23 cents a trip. You will recall that our passenger vehicle commutation toll ticket for regular users on our Hudson River crossings was introduced on June 15, 1950.

   The $10 ''H-4" ticket, which is good for thirty days and provides for forty trips, was used by 32.2 per cent of all passenger cars on weekdays during a test period in December. The use of this ticket permits the commuter to make five round trips a week across the Hudson at a 25-cent rate. As you will kindly note, our experience with commutation and other reduced-rate tickets is discussed in detail in the report that follows.


   The passenger vehicle commutation toll ticket for regular users of our Hudson River crossings was available for the full twelve months of 1951, having been introduced on June 15, 1950. The $10 'H-4'' ticket, which is good for thirty days and provides for forty trips, was used by 32.2 per cent of all our trans-Hudson passenger vehicles on weekdays during a test period in December. The use of this ticket permits a commuter to make five round trips a week across the Hudson at a rate of 25 rents a trip. It was used by 20.1 per cent of all passenger cars including those on weekdays.

   Saturdays, Sundays and holidays in 1951, as compared with 17.5 per cent in the six and one-half months during which it was available in 1950. During the year, 32.8 per cent of the weekday passenger car trips at the George Washington Bridge, 26.9 per cent at the Lincoln Tunnel and 20.7 per cent at the Holland Tunnel, or 27.5 per cent at the three Hudson River crossings, were using commutation tickets. A total of 9,850,249 passenger car trips were made with commutation tickets in 1951. Commutation rates have been in effect on the Port Authority's three Staten Island Bridges for more than twenty years.   

   Commuters may buy twenty-six-trip tickets for $6.00, or at a rate of 23 cents a trip. During 1951, 33.5 per cent of the passenger cars using the Staten Island Bridges took advantage of this low rate. A combination rate of 75 cents a through-trip for the crossing of two of the Staten Island Bridges, or a combination trip by way of a Staten Island Bridge and a Hudson River crossing also has been in effect for several years.






Toll Cuts Are Made for Regular Passenger Car, Bus and Truck Trips

   The Port Authority Commissioners on June 14, 1951 authorized the second toll cut in less than fifteen months. Effective September 1, passenger car tolls for frequent users who cannot take advantage of the commutation tickets were reduced 20 per cent, from 50 cents to 40 cents, through the availability of twenty-five-trip, transferable $10 books of tickets good for two years in addition to the year in which they are sold.

   Toll scrip, usable by any type of vehicle in lieu of cash fare, can be bought at a 10 per cent discount in quantities of twenty-five. Scrip is sold in 25 cents, 50cents, 75 cents, $1.00 and $1.50 denominations.
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1954
Commutation Books

   Commutation Books are now offered for sale at gasoline & service stations, banks and other select locations to reduce dwell times and congestion at toll booths. As a result, the 30 day expiration date of commutation books extended to 35 days to encourage purchase at these locations.  Also, a 40 trip Commutation Book for Staten Island Crossings is introduced.
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1957
Automatic Toll Collection Equipment Tested

    Trial of automatic toll collection equipment began at the George Washington Bridge on August 6th as part of the continuing effort to provide more convenient service for patrons, to improve traffic handling capabilities and to reduce operating costs. Designed for passenger-car patrons with exact change, the installation totals four machines, two in the New Jersey-bound lanes and two in the New York-bound lanes. Tests are expected to continue into 1958 at which time an evaluation will be made of the installation to determine its possible permanent utilization at the George Washington Bridge and other facilities.
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1958
Automatic Tolls Collection


   The Port Authority's tunnels and bridges personnel have two main objectives: to provide the most convenient and expeditious service for patrons and to reduce operating costs. To further these objectives, research and trial on the feasibility of automatic tolls collection continued throughout the year.

   The machines for automatic service to passenger car patrons with exact change, which were installed in four lanes at the George Washington Bridge main plaza in August 1957, have been constantly improved. Two additional automatic lanes have been installed on the crossing's Palisades Interstate Parkway plaza. Thus, six lanes at the George Washington Bridge are now equipped for automatic service to passenger car patrons.

   Experience to date indicates that automatic service for passenger cars is feasible but can be utilized only to a limited degree because of approach traffic patterns and the high percentage of reduced-rate and commutation tickets during peak hours. Studies are now being made of means for handling ticket traffic automatically in the same lanes with exact-change traffic. Solution of this problem will permit more widespread use of automatic service.

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1965
Female Toll Collector Program

   The civilian toll collector program was considerably accelerated during 1963 as Police Officers were replaced by women toll collectors at all tolls plazas of the George Washington Bridge. The staff of 90 women who started at the Lincoln Tunnel in October, 1962, was expanded to a total of 270 women operating both the Lincoln Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge tolls plazas by the end of 1963.

   This expansion was necessary to free Port Authority police manpower for increased traffic and patrol duties. By mid-year the toll collector program was a full year ahead of plan. The program had been launched in 1962 with an intensive six-month period of preparation which included a mass recruitment program, uniform selection and procurement, and the establishment of a tolls training center. With the success of the program at the Lincoln Tunnel immediately apparent, recruitment began late in 1962 for a similar program at the George Washington Bridge.

   Operations began at the main tolls plaza in April, 1963, the lower level tolls plaza in August and finally at the Palisades Interstate Parkway plaza in October. The introduction of women toll collectors at the Holland Tunnel is scheduled for early 1964.
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1966
Female Toll Collector Program Expanded


   The women toll collector program which began in 1962 at the Lincoln Tunnel is now in effect at the three Hudson River crossings. The changeover to women toll collectors permits reassignment of police officers to specialized police duties. It is expected that civilian personnel will be utilized at the Staten Island Bridges starting in 1966.
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1970
One Way Toll Collection

   On August 12, 1970 the Port Authority joined with the New York State Thruway Authority and the New York State Bridge Authority in starting a one-way toll collection system on 12 Hudson River and interstate New York-New Jersey crossings. This new procedure has sped up the flow of traffic and eased congestion. Operators of all vehicles now pay the toll on their eastbound trip, and thereby eliminate the need to stop to pay a toll on the westbound trip.

   The new collection system did not represent a change in existing rates, because surveys had demonstrated that virtually all vehicles using the 12 facilities made round trip crossings. In addition to providing greater comfort and convenience for the traveler, the procedure has improved the economy and efficiency of bridge and tunnel operations.

   The region-wide system includes 
all the 12 interstate and Hudson River crossings over a 130-mile distance, as follows: The George Washington Bridge, the Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel, Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing, all operated by the Port Authority; the Tappan Zee Bridge, operated by the New York State Thruway Authority; and the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Kingston - Rhinecliff Bridge, Mid-Hudson Bridge, Newburgh - Beacon Bridge and Bear Mountain Bridge, all operated by the New York State Bridge Authority.
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1971
One-Way Toll Collection
   
   The one-way toll collection system, begun in 1970, with tolls collected only in the eastbound direction at all six Port Authority vehicular crossings, continued to please the public. This change permitted elimination of unnecessary toll booths at the George Washington Bridge, the Lincoln Tunnel and the Holland Tunnel. Work at the Bayonne and Goethals Bridges will be completed in 1972. At the Outerbridge Crossing certain toll lanes have been closed pending complete
plaza reconstruction.
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1975
Toll Fare Increase

   To finance the bus terminal construction and to prepare to finance other mass transportation projects, as well as to weight the individual traveler's choice in favor of public transportation, the Port Authority made an historical revision to one of its key revenue sources.

   On May 5, for the first time in 48 years, the tolls on its tunnels and bridges were increased by approximately 50 percent for all except buses and those who form carpools.

   At year-end, a proceeding was pending before the Federal Highway Administrator to determine the reasonableness and justness of the new toll schedule under applicable federal law.
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1976
Toll Fare Increase Decision To Court


   The Federal Highway Administrator ordered a hearing, held in New York City in November, to inquire whether the Port Authority's May 5, 1975 bridge toll increase is "reasonable and just". At year-end a determination by the Administrative Law Judge who presided, and who must issue a recommended decision to the Federal Highway Administrator, was still pending.

   The increase in Port Authority vehicular tolls, the first in almost 50 years, was instituted to further federal and state energy, environmental and transportation policies and to provide the Port Authority with revenues needed to finance mass transportation projects.
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1977
Note L - Toll Increases


   In May, 1975, the Port Authority revised its toll schedules for its six interstate vehicular crossings resulting in additional tolls of about $40,000,000 for the year 1977. Litigation instituted in 1977 challenging the decision of the Federal Highway Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation which upheld the toll increase is presently pending. On February 2, 1978, plaintiffs' complaint was dismissed against the Federal Highway Administrator and the Secretary of Transportation and on March 16, 1978, the suit against the Port Authority was also dismissed.

   Plaintiffs sought to invalidate the toll increase and in the interim to enjoin the Port Authority from disbursing funds received pursuant to the toll increase and to impound such revenues in a trust fund administered by the court to be used to reduce tolls in the event the court finds the toll increase invalid. The plaintiffs have indicated their intention to appeal the court's decision.

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1978
Toll Fare Increase Appellate Court Decision Upheld

   Litigation challenging the toll increase was dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1978, a decision which was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in January 1979. According to an announcement made by plaintiff automobile clubs, no further appeal is to be taken from the court's decision.
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1983
Toll Fare Increase

   The tunnels and
bridges tolls schedules were revised and adjusted effective January 1, 1984. Tolls were increased for automobile users who do not purchase commuter discount books, to $2.00 from the prior one-way toll of $1.50, and for commercial vehicles (other than buses) and trucks. (See Note K-2.) The bridge tolls increase is presently under review by an investigative team appointed by the Federal Highway Administrator after he received three complaints about the bridge tolls increase.
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1987
Toll Fare Increase


   Effective April 12, 1987 the tolls schedules were increased for the six tunnel and bridge facilities effective April 12, 1987. The significant revisions included an increase in passenger automobile tolls from $2.00 to $3.00, bus tolls from $2.00 to $3.00 and truck tolls from $1.50 per axle to $3.00 per axle.
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1989
Toll Registration System

  The first phase of a new $9.3 million Toll Registration System that will be installed at all tunnels and bridges by 1991 began operation during the year at the Bayonne Bridge. The system simplifies the processing procedure and reduces the time required to collect and record toll and vehicle data.

   An Automatic Vehicle Identification System (AVI) was installed in July to provide speedier and more efficient processing of
toll transactions for buses using the Lincoln Tunnel's exclusive bus lane "XBL". Through this innovation, bus companies are billed monthly based on the recorded trips their buses make. The system helps reduce toll transaction time, congestion, fuel consumption and air pollution. Currently, 23 bus carriers are participating in the program, with some 1,500 buses using AVI equipment at the Lincoln Tunnel on a typical weekday morning
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1990
Exact Fare Lanes Instituted & Electronic Toll Collection System Test


   At the Goethals and George Washington Bridges and Outerbridge Crossing, exact fare toll lanes were established to expedite passenger car traffic flow during peak periods. Due to positive feedback from motorists, exact toll lanes will be established at the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels in 1991. • To increase the availability of commuter ticket books, satellite ticket sales outlets were opened at the Goethals and George Washington Bridges in October. In November, commuter ticket book sales outlets were also established at the Holland and Lincoln Tunnel Administration Buildings. The outlets supplement the mail sales system introduced in 1989 by addressing the special needs of some customers.


   An Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system test was initiated at the Goethals Bridge for cars, trucks and buses in an effort to provide customers with convenient alternatives to conventional toll payment and to improve the region's mobility and environment. Plans are under way to introduce the system at all Port Authority bridges and tunnels, while working with other toll agencies to establish a compatible regional ETC system.

   Electronic Toll Collection, in use on the Exclusive Bus Lane (XBL) of the Lincoln Tunnel since 1987, reached 95 percent subscription of all commuter buses. In December the XBL also marked its 20th anniversary as the nation's first dedicated contra-flow bus lane. To date, more than six million buses and 244 million passengers have used the lane to cut their morning commuting time by 10 to 25 minutes. The region's transportation agencies joined in marking the anniversary of the XBL, a pioneering innovation that has been widely replicated to offer commuters a quicker, more reliable transit alternative in many U.S. metropolitan areas.

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1991
Testing of Electronic Toll Collection, Toll Fare Increase


   In 1991, testing of an Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system at the Goethals Bridge was completed, including specifications for common tags and readers, which will allow for the introduction of a universal one-tag ETC system for the New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania area. ETC will provide motorists with a convenient alternative to conventional toll payment and improve regional mobility and the environment by speeding the flow of traffic.

   Effective April 7, 1991, passenger automobile tolls at the Port Authority's six Hudson River vehicular crossings were increased from $3.00 to $4.00 and truck tolls from $3.00 per axle to $4.00 per axle.
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1992
Use of part-time toll collectors instituted, Electronic Toll Collection Progress


   Considerable progress was made in the planned implementation of a regional electronic toll collection (ETC) system by toll agencies in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. By permitting vehicles to use a single identification tag at facilities operated by participating agencies in these three states, ETC will provide motorists with a convenient alternative to conventional toll payment and improve regional mobility and the environment by speeding traffic flow.

   The interagency group selected 'E-Z Pass" as the name for the compatible ETC system expected to be phased in throughout the region over the next few years. The tristate, seven-agency group collectively serves 37 percent of all toll traffic in the U.S. and registers more than 1.4 billion toll trips annually - which would make theirs the largest application of ETC technology in the nation.
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1995
Improved Traffic Flow, Electronic Toll Collection

   At busy bridge and tunnel toll plazas, more exact fare toll lanes help speed the traffic flow and cut commutation time for travelers.
   
   Also continued to put new technologies to work to add capacity across the system and to advance E-ZPass electronic toll collection for the region. E-ZPass will help improve traffic flow and enhance customer service by simplifying toll payment. First E-ZPass implementation is planned for in third quarter 1997 at the three Staten Island crossings:
the Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing - to serve the growing market already created by the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system in operation at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

   Current plans call for the implementation of electronic toll collection at all Port Authority vehicular crossings by the end of 1998.
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1996
Number of Exact Toll Lanes Increased


    The number of exact toll lanes was expanded from 15 to 21 during morning and evening rush hours at the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing to improve traffic flow. Additionally, an exact toll lane for trucks at the George Washington Bridge was established.
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1997
E-Z Pass Installed


   Travel on Port Authority tunnels and bridges got a little easier in 1997, thanks to E-ZPass. The electronic toll collection system was installed at the Bayonne Bridge on June 29, followed later in the summer by the Goethals Bridge, Outerbridge Crossing and George Washington Bridge. Holland and Lincoln tunnel commuters welcomed E-ZPass in October. Each opening was accomplished without any measurable service disruptions. Customers eagerly enrolled in E-ZPass throughout the phased implementation, and by year-end, electronic toll collection users on weekdays averaged 38 percent.
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2001
Toll Fare Increases, Peak / Off Peak Toll Structure Institution, and..

   On January 25, 2001, the Board of Commissioners authorized bridge and tunnel toll increases, which will become effective on March 25, 2001. These increases are presently expected to provide funds, when combined with other Port Authority revenues, to carry out a proposed $9 billion five-year capital program pertaining to the Port Authority's bridges and tunnels, PATH and other facilities. The Port Authority last raised bridge and tunnel tolls in 1991.

   It also approved the institution of the "Time of Day Pricing Initiative" toll rate structure, a/k/a Peak / Off Peak / Truck Overnight Tolling, in both pricing structures: cash and E-ZPass, and for all vehicle classes. This Peak / Off Peak toll structure took effect March 25.


In memoriam to the 84 employees of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey lost on September 11, 2001. 

 Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent collapses of the World Trade Center buildings; all bridges and tunnels (PANYNJ, TBTA and the free crossings on the East River), all airports and all mass transit systems in the New York City Metropolitan area were shut down.

   The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was the operator of the World Trade Center buildings and site, and had their headquarters occupying multiple floors in 1 World Trade Center (the North Tower). With the North Tower's collapse at 10:28 am, the PANYNJ lost its "nerve center" containing a significant amount of its corporate and logistical support structure.
An estimated 1,400 Port Authority employees worked in the World Trade Center.
Eighty-four employees, including thirty-seven Port Authority Police Officers; the Port Authority Executive Director, Neil D. Levin; and Port Authority Police Superintendent Fred V. Morrone, died in the collapse. Also destroyed were its vaults containing decades of documents, records, reports and historical memorabilia. 

   With the exception of the Holland Tunnel, all of the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels had fully re-opened by the morning of September 13, 2001. In addition, the E-ZPass electronic
toll collection system had resumed operations, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal had re-opened and bus carriers had resumed service. The Holland Tunnel would remain closed to all vehicles except emergency service and law enforcement vehicles until October 15, 2001. Even after it reopened, the Holland Tunnel remained off limits to commercial vehicles.

   In addition, a single-occupancy vehicle prohibition (which was instituted by the Port Authority on September 28, 2001, in cooperation with the City of New York) remains applicable to eastbound traffic through the Holland Tunnel and Lincoln Tunnel on weekdays between 6 A.M. and 10 A.M. Commercial vehicles using the George Washington Bridge are currently restricted to using the upper level.



2002
Single Occupancy Vehicle Ban Lifted


   While traffic volumes nearly recovered, the distribution of traffic among the crossings changed significantly as a result of operating restrictions and shifting economic conditions in New York City. The Holland Tunnel operated through the year with restrictions, including a weekday 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. single-occupant auto ban to New York, and a ban of large trucks into New York City and all trucks into New Jersey.

   At the Lincoln Tunnel, the weekday morning single-occupant auto ban introduced following September 11 was lifted in April 2002.
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2003
E-Z Pass Lanes

   For improved customer service, we introduced three new 25-mph E-ZPass lanes
toll lanes at the Outerbridge Crossing that allow motorists to pass through at more efficient speeds.

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2007
Electronic Toll Collection

   In 2007, the agency proposed an innovative approach to address congestion generated by toll-collection activities at the bridge and tunnel crossings – elimination of the tollbooths by replacing them with an all-electronic toll-collection system.

   The agency authorized initial planning to determine the feasibility of such a system that would replace traditional tollbooths with electronic scanners and cameras in overhead gantries and would enable customers to pay tolls through E-ZPass or other methods. The all-electronic toll system would help smooth choke points at bridges and tunnels, reduce traveler delays, and provide benefits to regional air quality. The study will examine the potential to achieve these benefits and effectively operate alternate toll-collection systems.

   It is also expected to determine In 2007, the Port Authority renewed plans to redevelop other benefits of electronic toll-collection, such as the recording its midtown Manhattan bus terminal in conjunction with an and transmission of real-time traffic information at and through these key transportation facilities.

   While the proposal is still in the early stages of planning, it has the potential to transform the way that toll revenues are collected and help mitigate the negative impacts of congestion.
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2008
Toll Fare Increase

   At the beginning of 2008, the Board of Commissioners approved the tunnels and bridges toll increase and a PATH fare increase. The final action was substantially modified from the original proposal as a result of public participation in the hearing process. The increases went into effect in March 2008.
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2011
NY-NJ Staten Island Bridges Plan

   Among the key service initiatives undertaken in 2011 was an adjustment in the New York-New Jersey Staten Island Bridges Plan. The Port Authority plan now provides savings of up to 50 percent for E-ZPass users and up to 60 percent off the cash toll for motorists who make up to 10 trips in a 30-day period when using the Bayonne and Goethals bridges and the Outerbridge Crossing. The previous plan required 20 trips in a 35-day period. For regular commuters, this can translate into more than $1,000 per year in savings.

   The toll and fare schedules for the Port Authority's six vehicular crossings were revised effective September 18, 2011. The toll for automobiles paying with cash was increased from $8.00 to $12.00, with further increases of $1.00 scheduled in December 2012, 2014 and 2015;

   The cash toll for truck classes 2-6 was increased from $8.00 to $13.00 per axle, with further increases of $2.00 per axle scheduled in December each year from 2012 through 2015;

   The cash toll for buses carrying 10 or more people was increased from $6.00 to $20.00, with further increases of $1.00 scheduled in December each year from 2012 through 2015.

   Discounts are available for vehicles using the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system and certain designated user programs.

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2012
Toll Fares Increase


   Toll and fare schedules for the Port Authority’s six vehicular crossings were revised effective September 18, 2011.

   The toll for automobiles paying with cash was increased from $8.00 to $12.00 in 2011 and to $13.00 in December 2012, with further increases of $1.00 scheduled in December 2014 and 2015;

   The cash toll for truck classes 2-6 was increased from $8.00 to $13.00 per axle in 2011 and to $15.00 per axle in December 2012, with further increases of $2.00 per axle scheduled in December each year from 2013 through 2015;

   The cash toll for buses carrying 10 or more people was increased from $6.00 to $20.00 in 2011 and to $21.00 in December 2012, with further increases of $1.00 scheduled in December each year from 2013 through 2015.

   Discounts are available for vehicles using the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system and certain designated user programs.


2013
Toll Fares Increase Per 2011 Plan

2014
Toll Fares Increase Per 2011 Plan


2015
Toll Fares Increase Per 2011 Plan

2019
Toll Fares Increase Per 2011 Plan
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Goethals Goes Cashless


   As of September 4, the Goethals Bridge is fully cashless. All three Staten Island Crossings are now cashless. Toll Collectors remain at Holland and Lincoln Tunnels and the George Washington Bridge.
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2020
Toll Fares Increase


   New toll rates to go into effect January 5, 2020. Cash tolls will increase to $16 from $15.


Holland Tunnel
1927

George Washington Bridge
1931

Goethals
1928 (rebuilt 2017) 

Outerbridge
1928 

Bayonne
1931

Lincoln Tunnel
(Midtown Hudson Tunnel)
1937


1927

50¢

(bi-directional
toll collection)

1931–1970

50¢

(bi-directional
toll collection)

1928

50¢ 
35¢ commutation

(bi-directional
toll collection)

1937

50¢

(bi-directional
toll collection)

 

 

 

 

9/1/1929

< 2 ton - 60¢
> 2 ton - 5 ton 75¢
> 5 ton - $1.00
pedestrians - 5¢

 

 

8/1970

$1.00 

eastbound (to NY) only
toll collection started

8/1970

$1.00 

eastbound (to NY) only
toll collection started 


 8/1970

$1.00

eastbound (to NY) only toll collection started


8/1970

$1.00

eastbound (to NY) only toll collection started

5/5/1975

$1.50

5/5/1975

$1.50

5/5/1975

$1.50

5/5/1975 

$1.50?

1/1/1984    $2.001/1/1984     $2.001/1/1984     $2.001/1/1984     $2.00

4/12/1987

$3.00
bus $3.00
trucks per axle $3.00

4/12/1987

$3.00
bus $3.00
trucks per axle $3.00

4/12/1987

$3.00
bus $3.00
trucks per axle $3.00

4/12/1987

$3.00
bus $3.00
trucks per axle $3.00

4/7/1991

$4.00
trucks per axle $4.00

4/7/1991

$4.00
trucks per axle $4.00

4/7/1991

$4.00
trucks per axle $4.00

4/7/1991

$4.00
trucks per axle $4.00

3/25/2001

$6.00

3/25/2001

$6.00

3/25/2001

$6.00

3/25/2001

$6.00

3/2/2008

$8.00
trucks per axles $8.00

3/2/2008

$8.00

3/2/2008

$8.00

3/2/2008

$8.00

9/18/2011

$12.00
bus $20.00
trucks per axles $13.00

9/18/2011

$12.00
bus $20.00
trucks per axles $13.00

9/18/2011

$12.00
bus $20.00
trucks per axles $13.00

9/18/2011

$12.00
bus $20.00
trucks per axles $13.00

12/2012

$13.00
bus $21.00
trucks per axle $15.00

12/2012

$13.00
bus $21.00
trucks per axle $15.00

12/2012

$13.00
bus $21.00
trucks per axle $15.00

12/2012

$13.00
bus $21.00
trucks per axle $15.00

12/2013   
  bus $22.00
  trucks per axle $17.00
12/2013    
  bus $22.00
  trucks per axle $17.00
12/2013    
  bus $22.00
  trucks per axle $17.00
12/2013    
  bus $22.00
  trucks per axle $17.00

12/2014

$14.00
bus $23.00
truck per axle $19.00

12/2014

$14.00
bus $22.00
truck per axle $19.00

12/2014

$14.00
bus $22.00
truck per axle $19.00

12/2014

$14.00
bus $22.00
truck per axle $19.00

12/6/2015 to present

$15.00 
bus $24.00
truck per axles $21.00

12/6/2015 – present

$15.00 
bus $23.00
truck per axles $21.00

12/6/2015
- present

$15.00
bus $23.00
truck per axles $21.00

12/6/2015 - present

$15.00 
bus $23.00
truck per axles $21.00

1/5/2020  $16.00 cash
  $13.75 E-ZPass Peak
  $11.75  E-ZPass Off-Peak
  bus $25.00
  truck per axle $22.00
1/5/2020   $16.00 cash
  $13.75 E-ZPass Peak
  $11.75  E-ZPass Off-Peak
  bus $25.00
  truck per axle $22.00
1/5/2020   $16.00 cash
  $13.75 E-ZPass Peak
  $11.75  E-ZPass Off-Peak
  bus $25.00
  truck per axle $22.00
1/5/2020  $16.00 cash
  $13.75 E-ZPass Peak
  $11.75  E-ZPass Off-Peak
  bus $25.00
  truck per axle $22.00










see Current Toll chart below
for other vehicle classes

see Current Toll chart below
for other vehicle classes

see Current Toll chart below
for other vehicle classes

see Current Toll chart below
for other vehicle classes



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As of March 22, 2020:

Cash Transactions at the George Washington Bridge and the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels have been suspended due to the pandemic spread of SARS CoV-19 (Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome - Coronavirus 2019) also known as Novel Coronavirus 2019 and/or COVID-19.

Tolls by Mail has been implemented. Purchase of EZ Pass is recommended for discounted tolls.

It is not currently known when cash transactions and with them, manned toll booths; will return to service.




Current PANYNJ Crossings - Toll & Vehicle Class Structure

For non-discounted cashless toll only - all crossings same. See PANYNJ website for carpool plan, low emission & resident plans.


Class 1
Class 2
Class 3
Class 4
Class 5
Class 6
Class 6 +
Class 7
Class 8
Class 9
Class 11
two axles - passenger auto
two axles, dual rear wheels
three axles
four axles
five axles
six axles
each additional axle
Class 1 or 11 vehicles with a trailer or RV towing a car
two axle buses & limousines
three axle buses
motorcycles
$16.00
$44.00
$66.00
$88.00
$110.00
$132.00
$22.00
$33.00
$25.00
$25.00
$16.00

For current toll fares including E-ZPass discounts, please reference the official Port Authority of New York and New Jersey website at:
https://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/tolls.html
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