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DiNapoli says thruway toll increases are not necessary yet

Feb 06, 2023 12:11 pm

Tyler A. McNeil reports for the Daily Gazette that State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he does not want the New York State Thruway Authority’s to raise tolls just yet. In a new 36-page report, DiNapoli recommends addressing other financial problems before raising the E-Z Pass rate five percent and Toll-By-Mail rate 75 percent in 2024. New York's Comptroller said, “Raising tolls should be the last option, and the Thruway has more work to do." DiNapoli says the New York State Thruway Authority needs more money because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the construction of the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge, and management of its debt. DiNapoli said the Thruway Authority could make more money from service areas, gas stations, and special permits, and from fixing cashless tolling mishaps. Authority spokesperson Jennifer Givner said, “We believe this modest proposal will begin to raise additional revenue to support the long-term financial needs of New York’s main transportation corridor and engine for economic activity.... We would be happy to discuss this with the Office of the State Comptroller at any time.” Read more about this story in the Daily Gazette.

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