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New York State Thruway Authority Announces No Toll Increase

The Thruway Authority announced Monday that they don't expect a hike in tolls for 2016 due to a budget windfall.
The Thruway Authority announced Monday that they don't expect a hike in tolls for 2016 due to a budget windfall. Photo Credit: New York Thruway Authority

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The outgoing Thruway Authority executive director announced Monday that a huge windfall from its $1.3 billion budget should offset any toll increases on the Thruway including the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Bob Megna, the executive director of the authority, said during a board meeting, that the windfall includes no toll hikes for the entire Thruway, systemwide.

“Given our success in balancing the Thruway’s budget and the infusion of additional funding from Governor Cuomo, we have alleviated the need to implement a toll increase for the remainder of 2015 and for all of 2016,” said Megna. “The New NY Bridge project has made tremendous progress, which anyone who drives over the Tappan Zee can see first-hand, and we will continue to work to find ways to keep tolls as low as possible for commuters.”

The Thruway Authority also announced the formation and membership of the New NY Bridge Toll Advisory Task Force which will report its recommendations in mid-2016.

The announcement of no toll increase in 2016 along the Thruway marks the sixth year since the last increase took effect.

Megan is leaving the leaves the authority next year to take a post at SUNY Stony Brook.

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