Tucked away in this year's Executive Budget Proposal is a plan to consolidate the NYS Bridge Authority and the NYS Thruway Authority. Currently, the Bridge Authority owns and maintains the Newburgh-Beacon, Bear Mountain, Kingston-Rhinecliff, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mid-Hudson and Rip Van Winkle bridges along with the Walkway Over the Hudson, while the Thruway Authority owns and operates the Governor Mario M. Cuomo (Tappan Zee) Bridge.
Noncommercial tolls on the bridges operated by the Bridge Authority are the lowest in the state, currently set at $1.50 roundtrip (E-ZPass Users pay $1.25). Tolls on the bridge operated by the Thruway Authority are set at $5.00 for cash users and $4.75 for E-ZPass users.
Additionally, the consolidation plan proposes to grant only one representative to the Thruway Authority Board to represent all of the following counties: Orange, Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster, Green and Columbia. The arrangement would be similar to what the community currently experiences where Dutchess, Putnam, Orange and Rockland Counties share one vote on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Board, essentially silencing the concerns of the region.
Join the fight to protect our local bridges today by signing the petition below urging Albany’s legislative leaders to reject the proposed consolidation plan!