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Drivers critical of proposed Thruway toll hike, but Authority moves forward: What happens next?

On Monday, the New York State Thruway Authority voted to start the process that will likely end with increased tolls for travelers along I-90.

It’s been 14 years since the last E-ZPass increase and tolls will remain among the least expensive in the U.S.

That said, the proposed increase received criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike, who wanted to see different action taken. A few outspoken Republicans supported stripping the Thruway Authority of its price-setting powers. Some Democrats called for a two-year pause.


As for drivers, the heftiest criticism came from non E-ZPass holders, who would see a 75% increase in tolls. E-ZPass users would only see a 5% increase.

“I’m opposed to it,” Judy Farrelly, a daily Thruway commuter who spoke with LocalSYR.com about the proposed toll hike. “Everything’s going up but I thought this was a road that was supposed to be paid for years ago, so I’m still confused why we have to pay for it.”

Thruway officials say the toll increase is necessary to maintain roads and infrastructure. There will be a series of public hearings on the matter as it moves forward.



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