Is a Thruway toll hike on the horizon?

Posted at 4:49 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 17:10:59-04

Could a N.Y.S. Thruway toll increase be close?

According to a Bloomberg report, an independent analyst says yes. The report said according to an independent analyst, the hike is needed by 2022 to pay for the new Tappan Zee Bridge and other road repairs.

"Those are two separate items," said Governor Andrew Cuomo during a visit to Youngstown on Wednesday. "The cost of the bridge will be handled and the cost of the thruway is a separate issue."

However, the governor wasn't sure about a possible toll increase.

"I just don't know. And, I don't think (The Thruway Authority) know either," he told 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ali Touhey.

The last time tolls went up was in 2010.

We reached out to the Thruway Authority to find out whether it is considering a toll hike.

"Thruway tolls are frozen through 2020," a Thruway Authority spokeswoman said in a statement. "Just last week, we completed a debt refunding to save more than $300M and it’s a continued example of the many ways we are working to keep tolls as low as possible for New Yorkers."