Thruway tolls going up, E-ZPass discount cut

A ride on the NY State Thruway is about to get more expensive. The NYS Thruway Authority voted today to increase tolls by 5 percent in 2009 and another 5 percent in 2010. They also cut the discount for E-ZPass users to 5 percent of the cash toll starting in July (pdf). That means if you're an E-ZPass user, you could end up paying about 28 percent more than you're currently paying.

Here's an unofficial breakdown of how prices will go up for a trip from Albany to the Garden State Parkway:

Exit 23 to Exit 14A cash E-ZPass
Current $4.80 $3.92
July $4.80 $4.56
2009 $5.04 $4.79
2010 $5.29 $5.03

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