NYS Drivers About To Pay More On The Thruway
It’s almost official - driving on the New York State Thruway will get more expensive.
We can expect some major changes along the New York State Thruway this coming year, including revamped service areas. However, one upcoming change will affect our wallets more than others.
New York State Thruway Toll Rates To Go Up In 2024
On Monday, the New York State Thruway Board of Directors approved a toll rate increase that will affect drivers state-wide beginning in 2024.
Beginning January 1, 2024, E-Z Pass users in New York state will see a 5% increase in toll rates, with another 5% increase coming our way in 2027. The rates would be even higher for thruway drivers who do not use E-Z Pass.
According to the board, the reason for the toll price hike is so the thruway can “meet future capital needs, fund outstanding debt, and continue to provide reliable service to its patrons.”
“Considering the recent landmark investments made into the system and the significant role
the Thruway plays in the New York State and regional economies, it is imperative that actions be
taken now to enhance operational efficiency and ensure the continued reliability of the system.” - NYS Thruway Board of Directors
Before the higher toll rate can go into effect in 2024, the New York State Thruway board will be scheduling public hearings on the issue, so drivers can learn more about why the raised price is necessary and voice their opinions on the issue. After the board hears from the public, the proposal will have to go through final approval sometime in the coming year.