Assemblyman Bill Magee Opposes Thruway Toll Hike

June 5, 2012

“I oppose the New York State Thruway Authority’s proposed 45 percent toll increase for trucks. This increase places a burden on businesses as well as the backs of our farmers, and that is not the way to help them grow.

“New York farms need access to the New York City metro area, the largest consumer marketplace in the US, and rely on the Thruway to do this. When transportation costs increase, struggling farmers would be forced to either pass along the costs to costumers or absorb them.

“Aside from increasing the costs of doing business, this toll increase will force truckers to get off the Thruway to save money, as a result, putting them on local roads and endangering our communities. This toll increase is unacceptable.”

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.