Transportation Committee Update
July 30, 2012

Proposed Thruway Toll Hike

The New York Thruway Authority has announced plans to raise tolls by 45% on the New York State Thruway for most commercial trucks by October 2012. The details are contained in a four page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and can be viewed here.

On July 17, The Business Council participated in a press conference opposing the hikes. Here are reports from The Business Review and Politics on the Hudson on that press conference.

Part of the toll hike rulemaking process requires public hearings across the state prior to implementation and below is information about them.

Buffalo Area

Date: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Auditorium (Main Level)
  1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203

Syracuse Area

Date: Friday, August 17, 2012
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Double Tree by Hilton
  6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, NY 13057

Mid-Hudson Area

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: 15 Crossroads Court, Newburgh, NY 12550

Members of the public may present testimony at these hearings. If you wish to testify, simply show up before the hearing begins and sign-in, indicating that you wish to testify. Oral testimony will be limited to three minutes. Written testimony may also be submitted with no restrictions. I'd suggest that you bring about a dozen copies of your written testimony for distribution to the hearing panel.

The full eighty-seven page consultant's report addressing the Thruway's financial requirements and proposed toll adjustments may be viewed here.