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New push to remove Grand Island tolls

Posted at 9:28 PM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 21:28:19-05

The Grand Island tolls have been hitting the pockets of western New Yorkers for decades, but a number of lawmakers are pushing to get rid of them.

Senator Chris Jacobs and Assemblyman Angelo Morinello are introducing legislation that would eliminate them.

If that can't be done, they want to, at least, see high-speed, cashless tolls, which is something the lawmakers say will fix the rush-hour congestion.

"Which allows drivers to continue on their highway speeds and go under a structure. When you go under it either charges you on your EZPass or takes a picture of your license plate," says Sen. Jacobs.

The New York State Thruway Authority estimates that in 2015 the tolls made close to $18,500,000. About 88% of those people were visitors, while only 2% were residents and almost 11% commuters.