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Truck toll hike opposition cites harm to state recovery

A Price Chopper tractor-trailer passes through Exit 25A of the New York State Thruway in Rotterdam on Wednesday morning.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
A Price Chopper tractor-trailer passes through Exit 25A of the New York State Thruway in Rotterdam on Wednesday morning.
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Nearly 60 percent of the supplies used at Dimension Fabricators come via the state Thruway. Company CEO Scott Stevens said his trucks hauling steel into the Glenville plant and rebar out to customers typically spend about $62,000 in tolls along the 570-mile system over the course of a year. And that cost could increase by roughly $28,000 if a proposed 45 percent toll increase for trucks is implemented by the Thruway Authority “If it doesn’t ...

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September 6, 2012
2:56 p.m.

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This is indeed *highway robbery*... pardon the pun. I once heard an official of the NYS Thruway Authority proclaim that they *had* to raise tolls because nobody was using the Thruway. Well, duh, if you raise the tolls, then certainly no-one will use the Thruway, and that last guy on the road will have to pay the million dollar toll at the end of the line! I hope the truck drivers and their companies can fight this effectively... the added cost to them will mean added cost to the goods they supply to us. Not good for anyone, well, maybe for the Thruway Authority...

September 6, 2012
3:20 p.m.

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the thruway is the biggest abuser of monies wasted on no show high salaried friends of all ny governors.

September 6, 2012
7:05 p.m.

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So there were 4 toll hikes since 2005- how many gasoline hikes happened in that time?

"the inequality that exists between cars and large commercial trucks, which put thousands of times more wear and tear on the road but are charged only five times as much as passenger vehicles,"

How could anyone, especially conservatives, not be able to understand this concept? Let's say you operate a GROCERY STORE, and someone purchases 1000 cans of beans while I purchase only 1. Are you going to charge that customer only $5? I doubt it. Let's say you run a fleet of trucks, and one of your customers needs 1000 times the load moved from Schenectady to Albany, again, are you going to up the fee only by a factor of 5?

Looking as Golub's additional annual operating costs of $250,000 if this goes through: and what percentage of his total costs does this represent? I can see that many will be standing by, ready to increase the cost to customer 5 to 15% when this toll increase was only a 1% hit to their bottom line.

Tolls are one of the fairest charges we get charged by our government - only those utilizing the services directly pay for it. amd as far as those roads not designed for the traffic goes: post and enforce weight limits.

September 6, 2012
9:16 p.m.

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It's going to raise the price of EVERYTHING.
Absolutely everything in, and around your house, including your car, was on a truck at some point.

"only those utilizing the services directly pay for it."

Well then let those that use the canal pay for it, and not us.
It shouldn't be up to us to subsidize pleasure boaters, and seasonal businesses.

Put the canal under the auspices of the parks dept where it belongs, and we won't even need a toll hike.

September 6, 2012
10:55 p.m.

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Those that cause the damage should pay the cost. No more freeloading.

Poor Price Chopper. What does $250,000 translate to in increased costs? Well less than a penny per item. Let's see the data.

September 7, 2012
2:23 p.m.

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Fritzdawg: yes, I agree that the Canal system should NOT be part of the Thruway system. Whether or not removing it would prevent a toll increase I do not know, and concede that you may be correct. Maybe the tolls for automobiles might even drop. But a damage factor of 1000 cannot be ignored.