Report: New York Thruway eyeing toll increase

| Wednesday, December 15, 2004

You may soon have to dig deeper to drive on the New York Thruway.

The Associated Press reports that the Thruway Authority is considering a toll hike to help fund $2 billion in construction along the 640-mile superhighway.

Preliminary approval for the plan could come as early as Thursday, Dec. 15, the news agency reported.

The plan calls for tolls for commercial vehicles to go up by 35 percent and passenger vehicles to pay as much as 25 percent more.

The boost in tolls would go for improvements to the roadway and faster toll booth lanes.

If approved by the Gov. George Pataki-controlled Thruway board, the proposed increase would go through several other steps, including public hearings. It was unclear when drivers would see the higher charges.

Tolls were last increased on the Thruway in 1988.