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Title Toll scrip, one dollar, issued by Port of New York Authority for use at its bridges & tunnels. N.d., issued ca. 1951 to 1972.
Object Name Scrip
Catalog Number 2013.005.0161
Collection Holland Tunnel Collection
Credit Museum Collections. Gift of a Friend of the Museum.
Scope & Content Toll scrip, one dollar, issued by Port of New York Authority for use at its bridges and tunnels. No date, circa 1951 to 1972.

Single printed coupon, 2-1/8" high x 3-7/8" wide, as removed from book (perforated left edge). Serial number: No. P 630048.

While undated, toll scrip was not issued until August 9, 1951. The name of the issuing agency, Port of New York Authority, was changed in 1972 to Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. That was the same year that Austin J. Tobin retired as Executive Director (serving 1942-1972) and whose fascimile signature appears on the coupon. See notes.

The toll for buses and trucks was $1 and for automobiles fifty cents through most of the era.

Good Until Used
Acceptable at its Face Value of One Dollar at any of the following:
Holland Tunnel
Lincoln Tunnel
George Washington Bridge
Goethals Bridge
Bayonne Bridge
Outerbridge Crossing

Printed by Rand McNally.
Form code: Series TS4-1935.

ticket / transportation /
Notes Source:

On April 10, 1975, PA [Port Authority of New York & New Jersey] adopted new bridge tolls effective May 5, 1975; this was the first increase in more than four decades. PA raised the standard automobile round trip rate on its four bridges from $1 to $1.50, and the commuter round trip rate from 50 cents to $1, and increased the truck rate by 50%. Bus tolls were not increased and PA instituted a carpool discount whereby vehicles carrying three or more persons during weekdays would be charged only $.50.



Date: May 24, 2012
Press Release Number: 78-2012

The Port Authority today announced it will no longer accept toll tickets – known as Toll Scrip and Universal Tickets – in the toll lanes of its bridges and tunnels beginning July 1, 2012. The agency will continue to refund tickets held by the public at their original sales value.

The Port Authority issued the toll tickets years ago to users of its bridges and tunnels to help reduce the transaction time for toll payment, which in turn would help improve traffic flow and reduce congestion. As an incentive for customers to use the more efficient toll payment system, the tickets provided the buyer with a 10 percent discount off the toll. The first toll scrip was issued on August 9, 1951 at a 10 percent discount and were “good until used.” The Port Authority stopped selling the tickets after it started using the E-Z Pass electronic toll collection system in 1997, which discounts all E-ZPass transactions. The agency continues to use E-ZPass today.



Port Authority Scrip and Universal tickets acceptance for toll payment at Port Authority tunnels and bridges ended June 30, 2012.

Date 1951-1972
Year Range from 1951
Year Range to 1972
Search Terms Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Holland Tunnel
Lincoln Tunnel
George Washington Bridge
Caption front
Imagefile 214\20130050161.TIF
Classification Government & Politics