Constituent Services
Higgins’ Statement on Thruway Toll Increase
December 19, 2007

Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement following the New York State Thruway Authority’s action today to move forward on toll increases in 2009 and 2010:

 

“Today’s action by the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) to increase tolls clearly demonstrates the board’s callous disregard for the residents they were appointed to serve.  Over the last few weeks, commuters and lawmakers across the state unanimously expressed opposition to the plan.  Nevertheless, this public authority has used their absolute power to impose an astonishing 45% increase in tolls in just five years.   At the same time, the Thruway Authority continues to justify their toll increase with broken promises to Western New York.  According to their capital plan they will fall hundreds of millions of dollars short in delivering the infrastructure improvements to Western New York on which they base their need for additional tolls.  I will continue to fight for the obvious reforms needed to prevent the continued burden shouldered by local residents.” 

 

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Background:  NYSTA Capital Budget Breakdown for Buffalo Division

 

2007 NYSTA Shortfall to Buffalo Division

 

2007 Work Scheduled for Buffalo District Under Previous NYSTA Capital Plan

$131,400,000

Actual work completed in 2007 in Buffalo District (as of 11/20/07)

$7,670,604

2007 Shortfall to WNY

- $123,729,396

 

 

2008 – 2010 NYSTA Buffalo Division Capital Work

 

Year

Work Scheduled for Buffalo Division Under Old Capital Plan

Work Scheduled for Buffalo Division Under New Capital Plan

Difference

2008

$148,600,000

$30,050,000

- $118,550,000

2009

$110,500,000

$68,280,000

- $42,220,000

2010

$127,600,000

$199,770,000

 +$72,170,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total 3 year Shortfall

- $88,600,000

 

 

2007 Shortfall (above)

- $123,729,396

 

 

2007 – 2010 Shortfall

- $212,329,396

 


 
 
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