Get E-ZPass soon or be ready to pay 30% more on NYS Thruway

Travelers are scrambling to get an E-ZPass before cashless tolling begins because there could be a toll hike associated with it.

This week the Thruway Authority is holding a series of public hearings on a proposed rate hike.

Representatives with the Thruway Authority press office tell that it would be the first toll increase in over a decade.

However, it won’t be applied universally. The 30% increase and $2 surcharge will only apply to those who don’t have E-ZPass.

Faith Jackson, a local motorist who regularly uses the Thruway spoke with 13WHAM this week about her feelings associated with the hike.

“Very often, we depend on cash and change, honestly,” she explained. “I was kind of upset because I feel like it’s the government trying to make more money off of people who really don’t have any money, and I feel like it’s selfish.”

The final hearing is slated for Thursday at 6 p.m.

If approved, the new pricing structure would take effect on January 1st, 2021.

Public hearings scheduled for 30% toll increases along NYS Thruway

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