The New York State Thruway Authority on Monday voted to begin a process that is expected to lead to the first toll increase on E-Z Pass customers since 2010.
The vote on Monday set in motion a public comment period that is expected to last over the next 12 months. No toll hike is taking effect immediately.
But if granted final approval, tolls for E-Z Pass tagholders are expected to increase by 5% in 2024 and another 5% in 2027. At the same time, the board is trying to encourage more drivers to adopt E-Z Pass by raising tolls by 75% on non-EZ Pass users.
The move has angered Democrats and Republicans in the state Legislature, who have called for the ability to override a toll increase.
Thruway officials, however, have pointed to the need for using the revenue to help make needed infrastructure improvements on the system.