DiNapoli says Thruway should trim costs

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is shown New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is shown in this undated file photo. Photo Credit: Bloomberg

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The New York State Thruway Authority should look for ways to cut costs and boost revenue before hiking tolls, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a news release Wednesday. The authority plans to raise tolls by an average of 45 percent on heavy trucks next month, a move, DiNapoli said, that could hurt the states economic recovery.

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Imposing a large toll increase could have damaging effects on consumers and businesses at a time when many New Yorkers are struggling to recover from the recession, he said.

In a report, the comptrollers office said that the authority should to look for ways to improve electronic toll collection, minimize cost overruns, improve traffic projections, which would improve budget projections, and find ways to streamline operations of the Canal System. DiNapoli noted that over the past 10 years, Thruway expenses have been growing faster than revenues.

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