New Jersey officials are moving ahead with proposed toll hikes on the state's three tolled highways while Republican lawmakers are calling for legislative hearings on the issue.

Toll increases on the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, and the Atlantic City Expressway would help support debt service requirements, including boosting the New Jersey Turnpike Authority's debt-service ratio above its current coverage of 1.2 times, according to state Transportation Commissioner Kris Kolluri. Debt service coverage on NJTA debt must not fall below 1.2 times in accordance with the authority's bond agreements and its target is 1.4 times coverage.

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