Significant Toll Hike May be Coming to NY State Thruway
It looks like it will cost you more to drive the New York State Thruway next year. There may be a slight increase for New York EZ-Pass holders but a significant increase for those who pay by mail.
How Much of an Increase is Proposed To Drive The New York State Thruway?
The toll increase would happen twice in the next four years. Once in 2024 and another hike proposed in 2027. For New York State EZ-Pass customers, the hike would be five percent in 2024 and another five percent in 2027.
What Does a 5% Toll Increase Mean?
The current cost of a toll from Exit 23 in Albany to Exit 15 in Woodbury and ultimately to New York City would increase from four dollars and ninety-eight cents to five dollars and forty-eight cents for EZ-Pass holders.
It would be much more for those who pay by mail. The toll would go from six dollars and forty-eight cents to nine dollars and fifteen cents in 2024 and then up to nine dollars and sixty cents in 2027 according to the Times Union.
This is the first time in fourteen years that there would be a New York State Thruway toll increase.
Why Such A Large Toll Hike?
The New York State Thruway Authority said they lost about one hundred twenty-five million dollars during the pandemic in toll revenue. The tolls are used to repair and keep the bridges and roadway on the Thruway safe. Plus when the NY Thruway went cashless, they hadn't seen the savings they anticipated with the switch.
Are The Toll Increases a Done Deal?
Not yet. There is a final public hearing being held on Monday, June 5th from 4-7 pm. The virtual hearing will be streamed online and if you would like to comment, you must register at thruway.ny.gov. You will need to provide basic information and a valid email. You will then get a confirmation email with instructions on how to participate.