Monday, January 11, 2016

Cuomo proposes plan to improve roads & slash Thruway tolls

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According to the NY Times, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a five year, $22 billion plan to improve state roads and bridges this week.  The details will be outlined in the governor's upcoming State of the State address.  

Mr. Cuomo also proposed slashing tolls for the NY Thruway's most frequent users, while freezing tolls at their current rates for all other users, according to Transport Topics.  He also would like the freeze toll rates on the Tappan Zee bridge, and plans to spend $700 million to keep tolls at their current rates through 2020.  

"The thruway is a vital artery for commerce and transportation throughout upstate, so we are going to deliver major toll relief to New Yorkers," Cuomo said.  "We are going to reduce tolls for businesses and drivers who rely on it the most, eliminate them for farmers bringing their goods to market and freeze tolls for everone else until at least 2020."

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