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post Jun 27 2012, 06:39 PM
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Not used to east coast rv-ing. Out west, tollroads seem to be far and few between but have just about been tolled to death in Pennsylvania and New York. Total over $50 in tolls between Niagara Falls and Saratoga Springs on two highways! It would be OK if the roads were in great condition, but they aren't, they aren't..... Was told at the toll booth that "you're charged like trucks". Well, I don't think my fifth wheel puts the wear and tear on the highway that trucks do and besides, I'm here spending tourism bucks, especially with diesel at $4.05 on the tollroad (it's been as low as $3.60 other places). I'll have to say that tolls like this definitely will be a factor in where we spend next season traveling.
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post Sep 5 2012, 03:52 PM
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The NY Thruway Authority is far from perfect, and the state dumping the barge canal system on them has been a big hit to their budget, but in all fairness, the reimbursement you're referring to was a long overdue payment for bringing the roadway into Interstate Highway System compliance under a federal mandate. That amount didn't put much of a dent in the $8 billion (in today's dollars) cost of the main line from the Bronx to Buffalo completed in 1956. As a comparison, the toll in 1956 to travel from the NYC to Buffalo was $5.60 for a passenger car. In today's dollars, that would be about $48. The actual toll today from NYC to the downtown Buffalo exit is $19.60. With E-ZPass, it's a bit cheaper, and with the NY Thruway Motorhome E-ZPass plan, my 33' Class A pays the same tolls per axle as a passenger car. They also have a discount plan for 5'vers.

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