Assembly passes bill to eliminate Thruway tolls for Syracuse area travelers

ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The New York State Assembly has passed a bill that will eliminate Thruway tolls for people traveling a short distance in the Syracuse area.

Late last night, it passed the Assembly, Assemblyman Al Stirpe’s office told NewsChannel 9.

The bill - which was sponsored in the State Senate by John DeFrancisco and Dave Valesky – has already passed the Senate.

The bill will now be returned to the Senate, which will send it to the Governor's office.

Now, Gov. Andrew Cuomo must approve it.

The bill enables local drivers to obtain permits that will allow them to use the Thruway to travel between exits 34-A – I-481 – and 39 – I-690.

According to the bill, drivers will need to pay a fee for the permit to cover administrative costs.

However, the Thruway Authority may restrict its use to peak hours.

In addition, the bill empowers the Thruway Authority to introduce some charges per mile if they can demonstrate that they’ve lost money – but any change would require them to go through public hearings.

You can read the Assembly bill here.

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