NJ/DE run money-losing ferries 50 years while VA’s two bridge-tunnels pay for themselves.

This is the 50th year that NJ and Delaware skim tolls on Delaware Mem. ?Bridge to pay losses on 17 mile ferry between Cape May, NJ and Lewes, DE. ?In 1964, ?Delaware-NJ Bridge Authority bought ferry boats Virginia no longer needed when it finished its 17 mile Bay Bridge Tunnel between Virginia Beach and Delmarva Peninsula.? NJ and Delaware Bridge Authority would skim tolls on Delaware Bridge “temporarily” until it built its own 17 mile Bridge Tunnel across Delaware Bay. ? ?But for 50 years, NJ and Delaware squandered billions of the extra tolls it collected, ?built nothing (not even upgrading Routes 40, 55, or 347) , and kept running the money-losing ferries.? Extra high tolls on Delaware Memorial Bridge still pay for the losses.?? Meanwhile, Virginia built a second 17 mile Bay Bridge Tunnel in 1997 for $197 million– one third ?cost of $600 million bridge between Ocean City and Somers Point, NJ. ? Seth Grossman, Executive Director.

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