The Thruway Authority’s proposal for a toll increase is inching closer to realization, with the fourth public hearing held on Monday night.
The proposal intends to raise the current toll fee by 5% in 2024, followed by another 5% hike in 2027. If approved, drivers not using E-ZPass will experience a 75% surge in toll costs.
Despite the potential implications for drivers, attendance at the public hearings has been scanty. Previous hearings in Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rockland County saw only 15 attendees combined.
The Authority attributes the need for the toll hike to rising material and maintenance costs. Monday’s hearing took place at Glenmont Elementary School, just south of Albany, and ran from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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