The state Thruway Authority has scheduled three public hearings on its proposed 45-percent toll increase on vehicles with more than three axels. Hearings will be held in Buffalo (Aug. 16), East Syracuse (Aug. 17) and Newburgh (Aug. 18).

The New York State Motor Trucks Association is opposing the truck toll increase.  If it goes into effect, the cost of a trip from Albany to Williamsville (outside of Buffalo) will go from $65.15 to $94.45.

We share their concerns on this.  If this goes through, it will seriously harm the Upstate economy.  Truckers will have no option but to either pass along the additional costs of the higher tolls to their customers, or avoid the Thruway altogether by using secondary roads – if they are able to stay in business.

We hope that the governor intends to weigh in on this and urge the Thruway Authority to, at the very least, scale back this dramatic increase.