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New York State Thruway toll increases set to go into effect January 1

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Posted at 3:50 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 11:03:52-05

NEW YORK (WKBW) — The New York State Thruway Authority announced its Board of Directors approved toll increases to support the Thruway's conversion to cashless tolling in December.

The following changes were approved and will go into effect tomorrow, January 1, 2021:

  • The standard NY E-ZPass toll rate will become the base toll rate and a 30 percent rate differential will be established for Tolls by Mail toll rates.
  • Establish a 15 percent rate differential for out-of-state E-ZPass customers.
  • Clarify Board Policy that all transactions processed through a license plate image review will pay the Tolls by Mail rate.
  • Implement a $2 administrative surcharge per billing statement for Tolls by Mail statements to support the administrative costs associated with processing transactions through the Tolls by Mail program.

“This is a modest toll adjustment balancing the needs for continued investment in our system while keeping tolls affordable for our motorists,” Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said. “We have not had a toll adjustment in 10 years and as we enter into a new era of modern transportation on the Thruway, it’s the right time both operationally and financially for this adjustment to occur.”

The NYS Thruway Authority encourages motorists to sign up for E-ZPass which is free and has different payment options. You can find more information here.