New effort to get rid of Grand Island tolls

Posted at 7:38 PM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 13:34:14-05

Newly elected Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray now has his sights set on getting rid of the Grand Island tolls.  

McMurray has been collecting comments through a poll posted on his website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7MT9RQQ

Results from over 1,000 people so far show strong support for removing the tolls, which the supervisor said are bottlenecks for traffic and Grand Island commerce.

"It prevents people from traveling from north to south, and I think it is bad for the region and for the island," said McMurray.

Even though Grand Island residents get reduced tolls, McMurray is pushing ahead with plans to meet with NYS officials about eliminating all the tolls.

"You have a tax on the entire community.  It doesn't seem fair to me," added McMurray.

7 Eyewitness News reporter Ed Reilly takes a closer look at the issue, including hearing from the Niagara Global Tourism Institute that is also looking at the bridge toll issue.

A Twitter Poll posted by WKBW-TV found equally strong support for removing the tolls from those who responded: