Resolution calls for removal of Williamsville Toll Barrier

August 16, 2012 Updated Aug 16, 2012 at 6:49 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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August 16, 2012 Updated Aug 16, 2012 at 6:49 PM EDT

Amherst, NY (WKBW) - Everyday thousands drive through the Williamsville Toll Barrier between exits 49 and 50 on the I-90.

However, two resolutions could help bring that toll barrier down.

Amherst Town Board Member Jay Anderson says the resolutions are aimed at bringing an end to the never-ending traffic back-up at the tolls.

Instead, the barrier would be moved, possibly as far east as Pembroke, making everything in between toll free.

Anderson explains "it would alleviate traffic congestion patterns that trouble Cheektowaga, that trouble the town of Amherst and really ne a financial benefit to Western New York."

Anderson explains back in the 90's, the New York State Thruway Authority and state government were talking about moving the toll barrier east, and even secured federal money to do it.

However, time ran out and the toll barrier still stands.

Anderson says his resolutions would demand forums held by the Thruway Authority, and also ask for answers about why such little progress has been made.

The Thruway Authority did not issue a comment to Eyewitness News by deadline.

However, its website says the Thruway Authority is studying the situation. It believes locations near Clarence, Newstead or Pembroke might work out.

Anderson says right now, too many drivers in local towns and villages have to pay tolls to get into Buffalo and Amherst.

He explains without the tolls and long lines, "it allows for more commercial traffic, people that love to come to visit the stores."

Anderson further says it's a quality of life issue for those closest to the barrier in Amherst, because "there's thousands of residents that have to deal with the air pollution and noise that's created by thousands of vehicles stopping and starting."

You can find copies of the resolutions at the link listed below on the Town of Amherst's website.
http://amherstny.iqm2.com/citizens/

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