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New York State Thruway Authority Greenlights 2024 Toll Hike Approval

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BUFFALO, ‌N.Y. (WKBW) — The New York State Thruway ⁣Authority has announced its Board of Directors’ approval of a toll increase effective January 1, 2024. This‍ decision, following a public toll adjustment⁣ process that began in December 2022, reflects the Authority’s commitment to maintaining and ​improving the ​570-mile Thruway system.

The lengthy process included five public hearings‍ in 2023, receipt and consideration of 210 public comments, and​ completion of necessary actions required ⁤by the Public Authorities‌ Law, the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA), and the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). According to Thruway Authority Board of Directors Chair Joanne M. Mahoney, “The toll adjustments ‌approved today… represent a responsible approach to ensure ⁤continued‍ investment in the Thruway system⁣ for years to come.”

“The Thruway Authority receives no dedicated federal, state or local tax ⁣dollars and relies primarily on toll dollars to maintain and operate one of the safest and ⁣reliable ​toll⁤ roads in the country.”

– Thruway Authority Board of Directors Chair Joanne M. Mahoney

The toll increase is a necessary step in creating a responsible and stable financial ‌plan to meet⁣ the​ Thruway ‌Authority’s future capital and infrastructure needs. Beginning in 2024, the base NY E-ZPass rate will increase by five percent outside of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, with ​a second five percent increase in 2027. Standard toll rates ⁤for Non-NY E-ZPass and Tolls​ by Mail⁤ will also increase to 8.6 ​cents per mile by​ 2027.

To view the adjusted toll rates for 2024, you can use the toll adjustment calculator. Thruway Authority⁤ Acting ⁣Executive Director Frank G. Hoare states, ‍”Today’s​ vote‌ maintains ⁣some of ‌the lowest toll rates in the country and fulfills the system-wide operating, debt service,⁤ and capital needs ⁢for our financial plan.” He ⁢also thanks the public ​and elected officials for their feedback throughout this process.

“This proposal was developed to ensure the safety and reliability of the Thruway by providing the Authority with additional revenue to meet ⁤our infrastructure and operational needs.”

– Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Frank ⁢G. Hoare

For more information on the toll increase,​ visit the‌ Thruway Authority’s website.

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Alejandro Mendoza
Alejandro Mendoza
Alejandro Mendoza is a dedicated journalist, known for his in-depth research and commitment to truth. A graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism, he specializes in revealing and reporting on significant local issues.
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