Will tolls on the Thruway’s 496-mile mainline increase to help pay for a new Tappan Zee Bridge?
Following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas Madison said in an interview that it was something the authority’s board and financial experts were “deliberating.”
By Thursday, Madison said at a breakfast event in Manhattan that there was “no intent” of raising the tolls system-wide to finance the bridge, which initial estimates peg to cost between $5 billion and $6 billion.
Here’s what Madison had to say Thursday, courtesy of Journal News transit reporter Theresa Juva, who was at the event:
“The intent at this time – again absent of a final and fully concluded financial plan for the project—the intent is to ensure that the tolls at the bridge pay for the project, and that tolls across the system and in other parts of the Thruway are not paying for the Tappan Zee Bridge.”
Madison said the toll on the new Tappan Zee Bridge will be “consistent with other Hudson River crossings.” The current toll on the eastbound Tappan Zee Bridge is $5 for those paying in cash. The George Washington Bridge costs $12 cash to cross heading east.
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