Thruway, Tappan Zee toll hike slated for 2009, 2010Posted: Updated:
Drivers who use the Tappan Zee Bridge may have to brace for another toll increase in addition to the 50 cent hike slated for January.
A committee of the NYS Thruway Authority approved a measure Thursday increasing tolls by 5 percent in 2009 and again in 2010. E-ZPass users will see a smaller increase.
Authority officials say the increase is necessary because rising gas prices are limiting travel. They say that is cutting revenue needed for its $2 billion repair plan. Thruway Director Ramesh Mehta says part of the money will go to reconstruct the Tappan Zee Bridge's ailing deck.
The Thruway Authority will hold a number of hearings about the hike that are open to the public. They are expected to make a decision by March 2008.