Odd price structure for some E-ZPass users could hurt tourism along Thruway, per report

You may have heard, the New York State Thruway will soon have all-electronic tolls, which means no more booths. But will a rule you may not know exist, stay in place when the change takes place?

Pat Taney was asked to look into it for this week’s Good Question report.

As it stands now, out of state cars with an E-ZPass device are charged more on the Thruway than New Yorkers with E-ZPass.

Paul Fadgen asked why this is the case and if it will stay in place when New York goes to electronic tolling.

What you pay on the Thruway all depends on where you bought your E-ZPass device.

If it was purchased in New York state, you pay less. If it was bought in a neighboring state, you pay more.

“Right now, New York state charges out of state E-ZPass users more if they bought their tag out of state,” said Elizabeth Carey, director of public relations and communications for AAA of Western and Central New York.

Devices bought out of state are charged the cash toll rate or about 5% more.

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