The state Thruway Authority expects to meet soon on a potential toll increase for New York’s superhighway system but the amount of the hike appears unclear.
Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas Madison said Thursday he expects the authority will go ahead with a toll increase but declined to say if it will be in line with a currently proposed plan to raise the rate 45 percent on commercial trucks.
“We’re still having some discussions with the board of directors about some of the input we received in some of the hearings we conducted statewide relative to the proposed 45 percent adjustment on large commercial vehicles,” Madison said. “So we expect in the not-too-distant future to schedule a meeting and to move forward with some form of a toll adjustment.”
When asked whether he expects the 45 percent increase to receive approval, Madison said he hasn’t received any “specific direction” from the Thruway’s board of directors.
The Thruway Authority first proposed the commercial toll hike in May and has been faced with significant backlash from business and trucking groups. The authority’s board abruptly postponed a meeting earlier this month, when it was expected to vote on the planned toll change.
Madison said discussions with the board continue and are focused on the feedback the authority received at three public hearings it held on the issue in August.
“There’s ongoing discussions with our individual members of the board about the feedback that we received throughout the course of the hearing process, and we will schedule a meeting in the not-too-distant future and act on a proposal,” Madison said.