EZPASS Toll Hikes Topic of Thruway Authority Meeting

EZPASS Toll Hikes Topic of Thruway Authority Meeting

M.C. Millman

A public meeting took place last night presided over by the Thruway Authority regarding the proposed EZPASS toll hikes for the Tappan Zee Bridge. 

The meeting took place at the Palisades Center on the 4th floor in the Adler Room from 4-7 pm. Speakers at the hearings were required to sign in to be heard and were allowed to speak for up to five minutes. 

Rockland County Executive Ed Day expressed his opposition to the toll hikes, stating in a letter to the Thruway Authority, "There is no reason for Tappan Zee Bridge travelers to suffer double the number of toll increases than travelers on the rest of the Thruway corridor." 

Day wrote, "The Tappan Zee Bridge is a County-to-County bridge and should maintain tolls comparable to other Hudson Valley crossings." He continued, "We cannot tolerate the Thruway Authority trying to finance its debt on the backs of our residents."

Day ended his letter by saying, "I respectfully urge the members of the Thruway Authority Board to show compassion for families who are barely coping as it is and refrain from implementing any toll increases in this current economic climate. I appreciate the Board's consideration of each of these requests, made on behalf of Rockland County residents."

The Thruway Authority is also accepting written comments, which can be emailed to:  tollco[email protected], or mailed to the following address: 

 Toll Comments

c/o Legal Department

New York State Thruway Authority

200 Southern Blvd.

P.O. Box 189

Albany, NY  12201-0189

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