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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
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Andrew Cuomo
SYRACUSE -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today proposed the largest investment in transportation infrastructure in Upstate New York – including a plan to keep Thruway tolls flat until at least 2020 and cutting tolls in half for those who rely on the Thruway the most.

“This year we are going to reinvest in Upstate New York like never before,” said Governor Cuomo. “The Thruway is a vital artery for commerce and transportation throughout Upstate, so we are going to deliver major toll relief to New Yorkers. We are going to reduce tolls for businesses and drivers who rely on it the most, eliminate them for farmers bringing their goods to market, and freeze tolls for everyone else until at least 2020. And we are going to move forward with the largest capital plan in state history. Together we can support and rebuild our vital infrastructure and unlock the potential of Upstate New York for years to come.”

The proposal includes cutting tolls in half for the New York residents and businesses who utilize the Thruway most often: Passenger vehicle owners using E-ZPass and paying $50 or more in annual tolls, as well as business and commercial vehicle owners using E-ZPass and paying between $100 and $9,999 in annual tolls.

The governor's office says 911,743 passenger vehicle drivers would have an average annual savings of $97, while 26,139 businesses would see an annual savings of approximately $686, and 976 commercial truck drivers would save $1,872 annually.

Second, vehicles owned by farmers using E-ZPass and used to bring farm goods to market would have tolls eliminated completely through a 100 percent credit, saving the agricultural sector $5 million annually.

Third, the proposal offers $700 million in Thruway infrastructure funding and would freeze tolls for all drivers until at least 2020.



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