Proposed Toll Adjustment Information
The Thruway Authority is moving forward with a proposal to adjust tolls on the Thruway beginning Jan. 1, 2021, after the ticketed system converts to cashless tolling system-wide by the end of 2020. As part of the process, the Thruway Authority will be holding public hearings this year to gather feedback on the proposal.
Tolls on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
On the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, NY E-ZPass customers will pay $5.75 by 2022, increasing 50 cents in 2021 and 50 cents in 2022.
In 2022, the passenger toll rate on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will be 58 percent below the rates at Port Authority crossings and 53 percent below the current passenger rates for the major MTA Bridges and Tunnels. For example, the cash toll rate on the George Washington Bridge, the crossing to the immediate South of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, is currently $15 for two-axle vehicles and $12.50 for E-ZPass holders during peak hours. Tolls on the New York State Thruway system remain among the lowest in the Northeast - lower than the Massachusetts Turnpike, the New Jersey Turnpike, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
- Communter Discount Plan
Additionally, the commuter plan for those who use the bridge on a daily basis will remain and the discount for users will increase under this proposal. NY E-ZPass customers may qualify for the commuter discount, which would be 40 percent off the NY E-ZPass rate for passenger vehicles that opt into the program.
- New Resident Discount Plan
A 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 offered to passenger vehicles with a NY E-ZPass who opt into the plan and can provide proof of residency (i.e. documentation showing their vehicle is registered in one of these two counties, etc.).
In 2022, 45 percent of traffic on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will be paying less than the $5.75 NY E-ZPass rate, through the Commuter or Resident discount plans.
In 2021, NY E-ZPass customers outside of those who use the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge will not be impacted by the proposal. Toll rates for NY E-ZPass customers on the rest of the system will remain the same.
Tolls by Mail customers will pay 30 percent above the NY E-ZPass toll rate, in addition to a $2 administrative surcharge per billing statement. Such differential toll rates have been standard practice among other systems that have converted to cashless tolling.
The Thruway Authority is currently the only agency that does not charge a premium for Tolls by Mail. The 30 percent premium on top of the standard NY E-ZPass rate is still at the lower end of what cashless tolling facilities charge nationwide.
To compare other toll road premiums for non-E-ZPass customers nationwide, Massachusetts has an 87 percent premium on the Massachusetts turnpike and 109 percent on the Boston Extension. The Miami-Dade Expressway has a 100 percent premium. The Pennsylvania Turnpike charges a 36 percent premium.
In comparison to cashless tolling crossings nationwide, the MassDOT crossings has a 37 percent premium, the MTA Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge a 55 percent premium, and the MTA Henry Hudson Bridge has a 150 percent premium.
Press Release - December 19, 2019 -- Thruway Authority Board of Directors Approves Proposal to Begin Toll Adjustment Process and other Billing Changes to Support Statewide Conversion to Cashless Tolling
Proposed Toll Schedules:
- Proposed Ticketed system cashless tolling in 2021
- Toll rates for Gov. Mario M Cuomo Bridge
Additional Toll Adjustment Information
- Thruway Authority Board Item regarding Toll Rate Adjustments
- Thruway Authority Toll Adjustment Proposal
- Independent Traffic Engineers Report – NYSTA 2804 Report
- 2018 Audited Financial Statements
- 2017 Audited Financial Statements
- Full text of Proposed Regulations
- To Be Announced
Public comments can be submitted by:
c/o Legal Department
New York State Thruway Authority
200 Southern Blvd.
P.O. Box 189
Albany, NY 12201-0189