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Public hearing schedule on Thruway toll hike released

The New York State Thruway Authority is set to hold five public hearings concerning its plans to raise tolls in 2024. In May, four in-person hearings will take place: May 8 in Cheektowaga, Erie County; May 9 in Onondaga County; May 16 in Rockland County; and May 22 in Albany County. The series of public consultations will conclude with a virtual hearing on June 5.

Finger Lakes Partners (Billboard)

Following the Thruway Authority board of directors’ vote in December to initiate the toll increase process, the proposal includes a 5% hike for New York E-ZPass users in 2024, with an additional 5% increase in 2027. Out-of-state E-ZPass users and tolls-by-mail rates would see a 75% higher toll compared to in-state E-ZPass holders, a significant jump from the current 15% and 30% differentials for out-of-state E-ZPass customers and tolls by mail, respectively.

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The Thruway Authority has expressed that the toll increase is necessary to address capital requirements, such as extensive infrastructure upgrades along the 570-mile highway.

The virtual public hearing is slated for June 5, 4-7 p.m., and will be streamed at To participate, individuals should register at, providing their name, phone number, and a valid email address. A confirmation email with instructions on commenting during the hearing will be sent.

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