Nice to see Assemblywoman Tenney speaking out against the new Thruway toll hike on trucks. More of .... no ... ALL of our upstate legislators should be raising hell over this outrageous selective tax on transportation between most major upstate New York cities. All the talk from the governor about wanting to help the Upstate economy is just that ... Talk. Same goes for the state legislature.
The Thruway needs to be treated like other Interstate Highways in New York State. I-81 from the PA to the Canadian border, I-87 from Albany to Canada, I-88 from Binghamton to Albany, I-86 across the Southern Tier, I-390 south of Rochester, I-84 in the lower Hudson Valley, I-495 from NYC to Riverhead, Long Island -- They are All FREE.
Why should the Thruway have its own separate bureaucracy at this point in time? The Federal government at former US Senator Moynihan's urging gave NYS the money to pay for the Thruway in the late 1980s -- It should have been made free then. The original bonds for the Thruway were paid off in 1996 -- The Thruway should have been made free then. What has happened since is that because this was a separate stream of revenue --- and provided a nice place to put patronage jobs -- the no-longer-needed structure of the Thruway Authority was maintained. So main-line Upstate cities are stuck with the transportation tax that is not imposed elsewhere in NYS.
It is a drag on our economy.
The time to dismantle the Thruway Authority and fold its responsibilities into the Department of Transportation is NOW.