Senate approves bill allowing toll-free commuting on Thruway in Syracuse area

The push to get rid of some Thruway tolls in Onondaga County has taken another step forward.

Senator John DeFrancisco, a Republican, says the State Senate passed a bill that would allow drivers to obtain a permit to commute between Thruway exits 34A, which is the Interstate 481 interchange, and exit 39, at the 690 interchange, at no cost. The only cost would be an initial fee to issue the permit.

The Thruway Authority would also have the ability to restrict the use of the permits to what it deems to be peak commuting hours.

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