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Thruway Authority Moving Toward Toll Increases

There are 101 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Nov 8, 2007, titled Thruway Authority Moving Toward Toll Increases. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

The state Thruway Authority is moving toward further increasing tolls by 4 percent in 2009 and again in 2010.

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LeftWNY

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Nov 8, 2007
as the exodus continues...
MIKE M WEST SENECA

Windham, ME

#2 Nov 8, 2007
YA ! BEND OVER AGAIN ??????
L4Losers

United States

#3 Nov 8, 2007
Well at least all the ILLEGAL ALIENS with the driver's licenses can now travel the thruway in their fully insured vehicles and pay these increased tolls.

Thanks, jug-eared Spitzer! Flippin idiot....
FEDUP 2

United States

#4 Nov 8, 2007
Can't afford to drive anymore because of the cost of gas so gouge the hell of of those that can.How about looking into the cost of the authority itself. I'm sure there is plenty of patronage and useless entities in the authority to finance a 5% cut in tolls for 2 consecutive years.If Spitzer wanted to do something usefull he should try to stop this runaway train called the Thruway authority. Maybe he has friends tucked away in this septic system.
DTII

Buffalo, NY

#5 Nov 8, 2007
why dont we just get rid of the authority ??
James

Buffalo, NY

#6 Nov 8, 2007
How much does a toll collector make in salary and benefits? How much does a Thruway maintenance worker make in salary and benefits? If the average is more than what the average non-government worker in WNY makes (obviously) then we have a problem.
Sally

United States

#7 Nov 8, 2007
Want to save money? Get rid of the tolls altogether, then you don't have to pay the workers there in salary and benefits! When are we going to stop getting raped by the Thruway authority, and the rest of the NY government?
Richard

Utica, NY

#8 Nov 8, 2007
I think it's time to boycott the N.Y.S. Thruway. I drove through parts of the South this past summer. The roads were in beautiful condition, and yet there were no tolls. It's time to hit N.Y.S. in the pocketbook, just like they have been doing to us.
somewhere in the USA

Dunkirk, NY

#9 Nov 8, 2007
Correct me if I am wrong but I thought that the tolls were to have been gone in 1996.(There is something written in the state books why they were to e taken down).
These toll increases are getting way out of hand. I was driving on the thruway a couple weeks ago and at a rest stop a visitor said, "These tolls are absolutely ridiculous. Now I know why people don't want to travel in NYS." Doesn't that tell the government something??? Or are they too wrapped up in their own little agenda, that they don't care about what happens to NYS??? I do a lot of travelling and on the majority of the roads especially when driving to Florida, no tolls whatsoever and their roads are smooth, well maintained, etc. I REPEAT, NO TOLLS!!!!! Come on guys in Albany and abolish the tolls which should have been done in 1996.
mr t

Mechanicsville, VA

#10 Nov 8, 2007
supply and demand says the more you raise the price the less demand there will be. where's the logic here on toll increase?
FRANK

Dunkirk, NY

#11 Nov 8, 2007
IF HIGH GAS PRICES ARE DETERING PEOPLE FROM USING THE THRUWAY THEN THERE SHOULD BE A DECREASE IN REPAIRS AND TOLL COLLECTORS,THUS SAVING MONEY.NOW,WHY THE INCREASE?
Taxpayer

Athol, MA

#13 Nov 8, 2007
Does anyone remember the bridge that fell on the Thruway that killed 6 or 8 people in the early 90's? The State authorities said that the bridge shifted due to weather. Well, since that time many of the residents of that area haven't used the Thruway. They kind of said that it wasn't repaired correctly.
Anyway, that's kind of when the State said that they need to keep the tolls. Since that time InterState 86 has been fixed up and it's a beautiful road except around Elmira where it's still a bottleneck. What I'm getting to is that there are many other routes that can be traveled if you have the time. This means that realistically we don't need the Thruway. Not any of us but then it will mean that the State will raise taxes anyway just to keep it in a drivable condition. It's part of Interstate 90 and has to be maintained one way or another. All in all we lose if we drive it or we don't drive it. The only way we can really change the way NYS does business is through the voting booth but then we have to have candidates that will fight for the voters on this issue and it will take a long time.
Look how long Grand Island has been fighting and still there hasn't been an acceptable conclusion to their problems. The biggest reason is because they are fighting alone. They need help from the rest of WNY to get rid of their tolls.
Anyway that's my 2 cents worth like it or not. We are all stuck with NYS government doing as they please.

“Get Some Cheese For That Whine”

Since: Nov 07

United States

#14 Nov 8, 2007
The Thruway Authority is massively overstaffed- mostly a giant patronage dump. And don't worry, those folks are making a decent buck considering the skill level required to sit in a booth and collect money. And to all the toll collectors out there-don't insult me by telling me how hard your job really is. I did it and believe me, it's not a hard job.
Rob

United States

#15 Nov 8, 2007
Richard wrote:
I think it's time to boycott the N.Y.S. Thruway. I drove through parts of the South this past summer. The roads were in beautiful condition, and yet there were no tolls. It's time to hit N.Y.S. in the pocketbook, just like they have been doing to us.
Its about time someone else thinks this way, I stopped using the thruway over a year ago, I would rather pay an extra buck in gas then give the authority the money!
yomomma

AOL

#16 Nov 8, 2007
Such baloney!
Less people travel the 90 because folks are moving out of New York in droves.
Common sense would tell anyone but the thruway authority that less road traffic means less wear and tear and less money spent for road repairs.
Soon enough though this sactuary State will import a million more illegals when they start handing out drivers licenses like candy. Let them pay the tolls!
Who are they trying to kid anyway? This is just another attempt to pick the taxpayers pockets!
They just don t get it

Windham, ME

#17 Nov 9, 2007
The government leaders, and I use that term losely, just don't get it.
They continue to make NYS a very unfriendly place to live, work and visit.
Everytime you turn around their is a government hand out looking for money.
How is it that other states can give equal or better roads, benefits and services, with lower taxes and user fees.
I can travel all the way to Savanah, GA and only pay one toll outside of NYS. That is 1000 miles through PA, WV, VA, NC, SC, GA and only one 75 cent toll outside of NY. That is in VA.
I love NY

AOL

#18 Nov 9, 2007
BOHICA

BEND OVER HERE IT COMES AGAIN.
former Buffalo Homeowner

Espanola, NM

#20 Nov 9, 2007
somewhere in the USA wrote:
Correct me if I am wrong but I thought that the tolls were to have been gone in 1996.(There is something written in the state books why they were to e taken down).
These toll increases are getting way out of hand. I was driving on the thruway a couple weeks ago and at a rest stop a visitor said, "These tolls are absolutely ridiculous. Now I know why people don't want to travel in NYS." Doesn't that tell the government something??? Or are they too wrapped up in their own little agenda, that they don't care about what happens to NYS??? I do a lot of travelling and on the majority of the roads especially when driving to Florida, no tolls whatsoever and theirnder so ma roads are smooth, well maintained, etc. I REPEAT, NO TOLLS!!!!! Come on guys in Albany and abolish the tolls which should have been done in 1996.
I think that it was 1976,but i am not sure. No wonder so many people have left NY
Lany

AOL

#21 Nov 9, 2007
Spitzer has a golden opportunity to redeem himself with the voters that believed in his message & campaign promise to reform NYS government. Spitzer should dismantle the NYS Thruway Authority (a.k.a. hotbed of political pork & patronage) which was suppose to go away decades ago along with the tolls. They exist as a system whereby politicians can "payoff" special interest campaign contributors by appointing them to high salary/high perk jobs at taxpayer's expense. The NYS Thruway Authority duplicates the responsibilities of NYS Dept. of Transportation and therefore could cease to exist without any one noticing except when they used the Thruway at no charge as it was originally intended.
PAY PAY PAY

AOL

#22 Nov 9, 2007
Good old NYS.They got you comming and going.Why does anybody stay here?High taxs and tolls,gas,electric,water bills and they want more. Go to Erie,pa and buy your clothes because they have NO tax on clothes.Get off on peach st.and turn right. It's realy build up. Nice mall also.

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