Wrongwow - most comments on here sound uninformed. tolls maintain the road, it is not run by the state and does not receive tax $. If it is turned over to DOT your taxes go up. Alot of states/countries are going to toll roads... it is most efficient because instead of taxes paying for upkeep, it is the toll money collected (those who use the road) that pay for it.
The New York State Thruway is part of the United States Interstate Highway System and is partially supported by federal taxpayer dollars. Only about 6% of the US Interstate System is tolled with most of the tolled roads being in the northeast. New York has the distinction of having the longest toll road in the US Interstate System. You guessed it, the New York State Thruway.
The New York State Thruway is under the control of the New York State Thruway Authority. One of hundreds of public authorities which are actually quasi-government agencies. As an authority they are able to borrow (bond) for money without going through a legislative process but as with all of the authorities in New York, the taxpayers are on the hook when the authority can't pay.
It is you that is uninformed. Are you a NYSTA employee? Are you getting your take on this from your union newsletter?
The NYSTA should be dissolved. Jurisdiction for the Thruway should be turned over to NYSDOT (like they do it in most other states with US Interstate highways) and funding will come from the feds as it does now. Better yet, privatize. the private sector will find a better and more efficient way to maintain the roadway and guess what? The employees won't be in the union or getting the New York State pension that is another anchor around the neck of this state.
A tolled intersate is just another in a long list of reasons that New York is a terrible place to do business.