Thruway Authority Board of Directors Approves Toll Adjustment to Support Statewide Conversion to Cashless Tolling

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Toll Adjustment Goes Into Effect Jan. 1, 2021

THRUWAY AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES TOLL ADJUSTMENT TO SUPPORT STATEWIDE CONVERSION TO CASHLESS TOLLING  

Toll Adjustment Goes Into Effect Jan. 1, 2021 

No Impact to Westchester and Rockland Residents who Qualify for New Discount Program for the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge 

No Impact for NY E-ZPass Customers Throughout the Rest of the State 

40 Percent Commuter Discount Program on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Continues for Qualified NY E-ZPass Customers 

During a meeting of the New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors today, the Board unanimously approved a toll adjustment on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and other tolling changes that support the statewide conversion to cashless tolling, which occurred on Nov. 14.  The adjustment will go into effect Jan. 1, 2021.  

“This is a modest toll adjustment balancing the needs for continued investment in our system while keeping tolls affordable for our motorists,” Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said. “We have not had a toll adjustment in 10 years and as we enter into a new era of modern transportation on the Thruway, it’s the right time both operationally and financially for this adjustment to occur.” 

Analysis by the Thruway Authority’s independent traffic engineer in 2019 determined there will be additional revenues needed for the Authority to fulfill its system-wide operating, debt service and capital needs through the upcoming forecast period. Thruway tolls have not been adjusted since 2010.  

In December 2019, the Board of Directors approved the proposal to begin the public process required to implement the toll rate changes supporting the fiscal stability of the Thruway Authority. Due to COVID-19, three virtual public hearings were held in October 2020, and more than 150 comments were submitted during the public comment period. Additionally, feedback received during listening sessions held by the Toll Advisory Panel in July 2019 were also considered in the proposal. 

Passenger Car Toll Adjustment on Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge 

The passenger car toll adjustment for the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge includes: 

  • Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, increase NY E-ZPass rates by 50 cents to $5.25 in 2021 and 50 cents to $5.75 in 2022; 
  • Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, the commuter discount rate will be 40 percent off the NY E-ZPass rate for passenger vehicles that opt into the program; and, 
  • new resident E-ZPass plan will be offered for Westchester and Rockland County residents that will keep their rate flat through 2022. The program will be available for passenger vehicles with a NY E-ZPass and have a vehicle registered in one of these two counties. 

Passenger Vehicle Toll Schedule – Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge 

 Commuter   E-ZPass Resident        E-ZPass* Standard NY   E-ZPass Out-of-State   E-ZPass Tolls by Mail 
Current $3.00 $4.75 $4.75 $5.00 $5.00 
2021 $3.15 $4.75 $5.25 $6.04 $6.83 
2022 $3.45 $4.75 $5.75 $6.61 $7.48 

*Westchester/Rockland Co. residents who have a vehicle registered in one of these two counties.

Commercial Vehicle Toll Adjustment on Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge  

To reduce commercial congestion on the bridge when drivers ‘bridge shop’ for the cheapest crossings and create additional traffic, adjustments to commercial toll rates on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo bridge will more closely align with other major crossings in the New York metropolitan area.   

The NY E-ZPass rates for commercial vehicles on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will increase by 31 percent in 2021 and 30 percent in 2022. For example, the toll for a tractor trailer with 5 axles and a NY E-ZPass account will increase to $55.77 during peak hours in 2022, compared to $90 at the George Washington Bridge. Even with the adjustment, the commercial toll rate on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in 2022 will still be 38 percent less than the toll rate on the George Washington Bridge.  

Commercial Vehicle Toll Schedule – Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Class 5H  

 NY E-ZPass  PEAK NY E-ZPass  OFF-PEAK Out-of-State   E-ZPass Tolls by Mail 
Current $32.75  $16.38  $32.75  $32.75  
2021 $42.90  $21.45  $49.34  $55.77  
2022 $55.77  $27.89  $64.14  $72.51  

System-Wide Changes 

Additionally, the Board of Directors approved changes to support the Thruway’s system-wide conversion to cashless tolling to go into effect Jan. 1, 2021. 

  • The standard NY E-ZPass toll rate will become the base toll rate and a 30 percent rate differential will be established for Tolls by Mail toll rates. Such differential toll rates have been standard practice among other systems that have converted to cashless tolling. To compare other toll road differentials for non-E-ZPass customers nationwide, Massachusetts has an 87 percent differential on the Massachusetts Turnpike and 109 percent on the Boston Extension. The Miami-Dade Expressway has a 100 percent differential and the Pennsylvania Turnpike charges a 36 percent differential. 
  • Establish a 15 percent rate differential for out-of-state E-ZPass customers. 
  • Clarify Board Policy that all transactions processed through a license plate image review will pay the Tolls by Mail rate. 
  1. Implement a $2 administrative surcharge per billing statement for Tolls by Mail statements to support the administrative costs associated with processing transactions through the Tolls by Mail program.  

Motorists are encouraged to sign up for E-ZPass. E-ZPass is free and has payment options for all motorists including the Pay Per Trip plan, which deducts from your bank account only for the days you have toll usage.  E-ZPass accepts multiple payment methods including money orders and pre-paid credit cards or linking a Tag to a credit card or bank account.  More information on the various payment methods can be found here

All drivers, regardless of residency, can sign up for a NY E-ZPass account at E-ZPassNY.com. E-ZPass On-the-Go tags can be purchased at 26 Thruway Service Areas system-wide, more than 800 locations across the state including participating grocery and convenience stores and government offices, DMV offices, and AAA retail stores.  

More information about the toll adjustment can be found on the Thruway Authority’s website. 

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