Carlucci calls for hearing on tolls for new TZ Bridge
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
NYACK – As state officials tinker privately as to how much to raise how much to raise tolls on the Tappan Zee Bridge when the new twin spans are open, State Senator David Carlucci (D-Nanuet) is calling for open discussions on the matter.
When the new bridge project first got underway there were talks that tolls could increase to as much as $15. There has been no talk of tolls in recent months.
Carlucci, Wednesday, called for a public hearing in the counties that connect the bridge and he also wants a toll task force that was first supposed to be convened before the end of the year.
“We need to still work with them to create this toll task force, to come up with a plan for a resident discount, and other strategies to save toll payers money,” he said.
In a letter to Carlucci last March, Thruway Authority Interim Executive Director Maria Lehman wrote that “The task force will convene following the enactment of the state fiscal year 2016-17 budget and will seek public input, including in Rockland County at a location to be determined,.”
She said then the task force would consider “among other things a Rockland and Westchester resident discount program and will report the task force’s findings by the end of 2016.”
Carlucci pointed out that the clock is ticking toward the end of the year.