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NY Thruway Cancels 45% Toll Hike

Monday, December 17, 2012 - 05:48 PM

(Karen DeWitt -- Albany) The New York Thruway Authority has rescinded a controversial 45% truck toll hike proposal, saying it intends to cut costs instead.

Thruway executive director Tom Madison, speaking Monday at an announcement with Governor Cuomo, says the authority scrapped plans for the truck toll hike and will economize instead.  Some authority workers will be laid off and the rest will see their benefits cut, state police will have to fund Thruway patrols themselves, and some state agencies might take over some of the services provided on the canal system, which has been a financial drain on the authority.

Cuomo says he’s pleased. “I thought it would  be  counterproductive form an economic development point of view,” he said.

Monday's announcement ends months of back-and-forth of uncertainty. The Authority originally announced the toll hike last spring, but New York State's comptroller blasted those plans -- leading the proposal to languish.

The cancellation of the toll hike was heralded by business leaders, who had pushed to see the truck toll increase rescinded. “We are thankful and relieved,” said New York State Business Council  president Heather Briccetti.

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Comments [1]

Norman Hollenbeck

I think that trucks should be required to stay only in the right lane. I become so frustrated when two trucks are passing each other and it takes them two or three miles to do it, while dozens of cars are backed up behind them!!
I also think that the N.Y. State Dept. of Trans. should take over maintenance for the thruway (why have 2 separate entities?). You should also think about eliminating toll booth employees and replace them with automation such as used in many large parking garages for collecting the parking fee (e.g. credit cards, E-Z pass, honoring other state travel passes or even coin baskets like other states use).

Feb. 03 2013 07:40 PM

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