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For Immediate Release: 05/08/24
Contact: Office of Media Relations and Communications | (518) 471-5300 |


New Guilderland Service Area Features Burger King, Starbucks, Applegreen C-Store, and Taste NY Products

Mohawk Service Area Now Closed for Construction; Fuel Remains Available

According to Applegreen, Reconstruction or Renovation of 24 of the Thruway’s 27 Service Areas on Schedule to be Completed by End of 2024

The New York State Thruway Authority today announced the new Guilderland Service Area (I-90 eastbound mile marker 153) in Schenectady, NY is now open to the public. The location is the 16th new service area to open to Thruway customers as part of the $450 million private investment to redevelop and modernize all 27 Thruway service areas.

“The Thruway Authority is modernizing our transportation system with the conversion to cashless tolling and upgrading our service areas to enhance the customer experience for motorists,” Thruway Authority Executive Director Frank G. Hoare, Esq. said. “We continue to reinvest toll revenue into critical infrastructure improvement projects addressing aging infrastructure, building out the network of high-speed electric vehicle chargers across the 570-mile system and utilizing innovative technology such as our Unmanned Aerial Systems Drone Program. These initiatives, among others, are moving the Thruway ahead to the future and maintaining a safe and reliable roadway for years to come.”


The Guilderland Service Area is located on I-90 eastbound between exit 25 (Schenectady - I-890 - NY Routes 7 & 146) and exit 24 (Albany - Montreal - I-90 East - I-87 North).

Restaurant options include:

  • Burger King
  • Starbucks (Drive-Thru)
  • Applegreen C-Store
  • Taste NY Food and Drink Products

Other amenities include:

  • Outdoor seating
  • Dog walking area
  • Private nursing area
  • Four level 3 high speed EV chargers**

**Available at a later date

With the opening of the Guilderland Service Area, the Mohawk Service Area, (I-90 eastbound, mile marker 172) is now closed for construction. Fuel services remain available at all service areas during construction.


All 27 service areas are being redeveloped as part of a $450 million public-private partnership with Empire State Thruway Partners. No toll or tax dollars are being used for construction.

As part of the project, Applegreen will be installing at least four universal fast charging stations (Level 3) at every service area with up to 350kW of power that support all electric vehicles, including Teslas, with up to 8 chargers at the larger locations. Currently, there are 48 Level 3 chargers available statewide with more than 70 scheduled to be available by the end of 2024. The Thruway Authority plans to create a robust, end-to-end corridor of more than 130 fast charging EV stations with an average of 30 miles between each location system wide by the end of this project. A list of charging locations can be found HERE.

Customers can learn more about the project on the Thruway Authority’s website. Customers can view a project map, photo gallery and renderings and more information about the planned amenities and services.

In 2023, motorists took more than 396.9 million trips and drove 8.1 billion miles on the Thruway. The Thruway Authority’s service areas are open 24 hours a day and offer motorists a variety of food and beverage options, restroom facilities and fueling for passenger and commercial vehicles. Taste NY Farm Markets and Tourism Information Centers are also available at select locations.