What's Next for Proposed Thruway Toll Increase?

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The Williamsville toll barrier.

By Jon Campbell, Albany Bureau

ALBANY -- The state Thruway Authority's board of directors will meet Dec. 17, when it is expected to decide on bids for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project.

But will it also consider a toll increase on commercial traffic that was first proposed in May? Officials on Wednesday said it's too soon to say.

Thomas Madison, executive director of the Thruway Authority, said the agenda for the meeting hasn't been set. The meeting, in fact, hasn't been formally called yet.

When it comes to a toll increase, Madison said the authority is "looking at a whole range of different options."

"The board continues to deliberate about this and until such time that we have a plan, it won't be on the agenda," he said.

In May, the superhighway's board first proposed a 45 percent toll increase on vehicles with three or more axles. The proposal was met with extensive criticism from lawmakers and business groups. The full Thruway board hasn't met since August, postponing several meetings in the meantime.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday called the toll increase a "last resort" and should only implemented if there are no other viable options.

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