Assemblyman Skartados Calls the Proposed Toll Hike Completely Unacceptable

June 1, 2012

“Now is not the time to ask those who deliver the very goods we depend on every day to pay a 45% toll increase.

“If this proposed toll increase is approved, truck drivers will not be the only ones who will feel the pain. Increasing the cost of shipping will force small businesses to pay more for the goods. And if businesses are forced to pay more, then we, the consumer, will be forced to pay more.

“This is completely unacceptable and is anything but a “modest” increase as stated by the Thruway Chairman. This just goes to show how out of touch these Albany bureaucrats are. We cannot sit here and allow this to happen. I will do everything I can to make certain that this outrageous toll hike is not implemented.”

The State Thruway Authority recently gave preliminary approval to raise tolls 45 percent on big trucks with three or more axles, with the possibility of more toll increases for all drivers in the future. The toll hike would add about $20 for a Thruway trip between Buffalo and Albany, and nearly $40 for a trip from Buffalo to New York City. Tolls for the Thruway were last raised about 25 percent in 2010 for all drivers.