A bill that would have allowed Syracuse commuters to use the Thruway for free has been vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The legislation sponsored by state Sen. John DeFrancisco and Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli would have established short-term commuter permits for Syracuse-area drivers using the Thruway between exits 34A and 39. With a permit, a motorist would not have to pay tolls for using the highway.
There would be limits on when commuters could use the permits to access the Thruway. Free tolling would be available only during peak commute hours, such as the morning and afternoon rush hours.