Opponents of the New York State Thruway’s plan to increase truck tolls by 45 percent are hoping a delay in implementation has something to do with the overwhelming opposition against the increase. The Thruway’s board of directors has yet to reschedule a canceled September vote on the increases – ensuring the agency will miss its October target for implementation.
The agency has not released information about rescheduling its canceled Sept. 11 vote.
Lawmakers have held various town hall meetings and press conferences about the plan, with many taking the opportunity to blast the increases. The Thruway plan has even made its way into television and radio ads by political candidates seeking election or re-election.
Under the plan, an $88 truck toll for a full length trip from Buffalo to New York City would increase to $127.
OOIDA opposes the toll increases for economic and safety reasons. So does the New York State Motor Truck Association and a coalition of at least 23 business groups.
“We’re hopeful that the delay is an indication that there are ongoing conversations about the overall impact of the toll, and hopefully they are looking at alternatives,” New York State Motor Truck Association President Kendra Adams stated in a quote to the Albany Times Union on Monday.
The Thruway board received at least 1,300 written comments and heard from more than 100 speakers during three public hearings held in mid-August. Truckers were concerned that the meetings were not even trucker friendly, with one meeting held at a library in downtown Buffalo and two held in the middle of the day at hotels in Syracuse and Newburgh.
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