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New York Thruway tolls rise in effect


ALBANY — Attention all New York State Thruway drivers! Starting this year, you’ll be paying⁣ a ⁣little more as a toll increase has been implemented as of January 1st.

For New York E-ZPass drivers, tolls throughout the state have increased ⁤by 5%, excluding the Gov. Mario M Cuomo Bridge. This is the‌ first increase for these ⁣drivers since 2010, and there ⁤will be an ‍additional 5% increase‍ in January 2027.

But don’t worry, the⁤ Thruway⁤ Authority assures that even with the increase,‍ the toll rates will still be some of the lowest ⁤in the country. According to Thruway Acting Executive Director Frank G. Hoare,‌ the proposal for the increase was developed to ensure the ⁤safety ⁢and reliability of the Thruway by providing the‍ Authority ⁣with additional revenue​ to meet ⁣infrastructure and operational needs.

Additionally,⁢ the increases are also meant to encourage drivers to sign up for and use the New York E-ZPass. Prior to the increase, there was⁤ a 30% rate differential for drivers paying tolls by ​mail compared to those using NY E-ZPass. ⁢After the increase, drivers paying ⁣tolls by mail will now ​see a‌ toll rate ‌that ⁢is 75% above those using the NY E-ZPass.

So, while the increase⁣ may be ⁣a bit of a‍ nuisance, it’s all⁢ in the name of maintaining the safety and reliability of the Thruway system.

And for ⁣those using the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, ⁢there will ⁢also be a toll increase. E-ZPass customers⁤ will see‌ an increase of 50 cents per year ⁤through 2027, ⁣with the‍ base NY-EZPass rate for passenger vehicles reaching $7.75 in 2027.

It’s⁢ important⁢ to ⁤note that the toll increases ⁣were approved by the Thruway Authority’s Board of Directors in September ⁢after a 10-month-long public process.‌ The Thruway roadway system, constructed ⁣between ‍1949 and 1960, is​ one of the oldest parts of the national Interstate Highway⁣ System, according to the New ‌York State Highway.

Rafael Torres
Rafael Torres
Rafael Torres, a native of Schenectady, has returned to his hometown after several years of reporting in the Midwest. A graduate of Missouri School of Journalism, Alex is known for his empathetic approach to local news, covering everything from community events to local governance, always with an aim to bridge diverse perspectives.
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  1. Disagree: These rising tolls only add to the burden on everyday commuters. It’s becoming increasingly expensive to travel on the New York Thruway, making it harder for people to get around.

  2. Disagree These rising tolls disproportionately affect low-income individuals and create an inequitable burden. The government should focus on finding alternative solutions that are more accessible and affordable for everyday commuters.

  3. Disagree: These continual toll increases on the New York Thruway impose unnecessary financial burdens on commuters, making it increasingly challenging for individuals to travel and access essential opportunities.


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