There has been a lot of construction being done on the New York State Thruway Rest Areas and finally, we are starting to see some of the rest stops being completed. Although the first rest area is open, this is one of the smaller versions of what the other ones will look like. The Indian Castle rest area just 90 minutes west of Albany is beautiful with a Popeye's and Starbucks inside. It boasts a Starbucks drive-thru and a convenience store featuring a variety of New York state products.
The gas prices are still very high and before we know it, summer will be here and we are going to want to travel. Not only will we have to worry about gas prices, but the New York State Thruway isn't cheap to drive. One lawmaker is proposing a bill that would make the NY Thruway toll-free this summer.
If you travel the New York State Thruway, you know it can get pretty expensive. There may be some relief in sight. There is legislation to give the Thruway tolls a break and to offset the high gas prices. Not only will it help motorists, but it will also help with local tourism.
In 2016, Governor Cuomo froze Thruway tolls through 2020. With that time coming quickly, Cuomo hasn't released a policy on what he plans to do but we'll surely feel it with the Thruway Authority's rising debt.
The Governor made his State of the State address on Wednesday and one of the biggest changes that he discussed was happening to the New York State Thruway and he said we should be changed over as early as 2020.