Motorists and mass-transit riders could see higher bridge tolls and mass transit fares by mid-September if the Delaware River Port Authority of Pennsylvania and New Jersey approves the increases at its monthly board meeting on Wednesday.

The authority's finance committee last week accepted the proposed toll and fare hikes, thereby moving the initiative onto the board's agenda for final authorization. Officials say increasing bridge tolls to $4 from $3 in September and boosting that toll again in 2010 to $5 would support updating the authority's four bridges.

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