The New York State Thruway is set to see its first toll increase in 14 years, with rates rising starting January 1, 2024. The Thruway Authority greenlit the hike on Monday, outlining phased increments for the next few years.
Drivers with an in-state E-ZPass can expect a five percent toll increase next year, followed by another five percent jump in 2027. Meanwhile, New York motorists without an E-ZPass will face a steeper 75 percent hike in tolls. Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Frank G. Hoare emphasized the decision’s purpose: “This proposal aims to maintain the Thruway’s safety and reliability by generating extra revenue to address our infrastructure and operational necessities.”
The authority pointed out that a whopping 85 percent of the Thruway’s foundation harks back to its initial construction in the 1950s. This aging infrastructure underscores the urgent need for substantial maintenance and overhauls. The recent decision followed a comprehensive 10-month public review process, incorporating feedback from five public hearings.
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