NY Thruway tolls
The NY Thruway System is one of the oldest parts of the National Interstate Highway System. Built in the early 1950s, it is also one of the longest toll roads in the country. One-third of all vehicles using the Thruway are out of state – it’s been important for e-commerce and travels in the Northeast. The superhighway is 570 miles (917.05 km) long and has 118 interchanges and 817 bridges.
NY Thruway – overview
The official name of the New York State Thruway is Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway. The NY State Thruway Authority – NYSTA, operates it. NY Thruway is a network of controlled-access highways that span the US. It’s one of the major routes for distance travelers as it links New York City and Boston with the cities of Toronto and Buffalo. It’s a collection of six components across New York with a mainline of 496 miles (798 km). The six roads connect the state to four neighboring states – Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The New York Thruway includes Interstate 87, Interstate 95, Interstate 287, Interstate 90, and Interstate 190.
In 2020, the Thruway was converted to open road tolling with electronic payments (an all-electronic system using E-ZPass and toll by mail replaced cash payment). The speed limit is 65 mph along most of the Thruway (with the exception of NY suburbs, the suburbs and the city of Buffalo, as well as in Westchester, and Rockland counties – there, the speed limit is 55 mph). Every year, about 250 million vehicles travel over eight billion miles on the NY Thruway.
NY Thruway toll payments
As of August 2021, travelers going from Buffalo to NY have paid $31.01 with a toll-by-plate option ($23.87 if they have an E-ZPass). It’s the total amount calculated at 15 gantries and tolling sections. The return trip costs $24.21 (or $18.64 if you have an E-ZPass). The Berkshire Connector costs $1.03 (or $0.79 if you have an E-ZPass) to travel between the Massachusetts state line. The Grand Island Bridges cost $1.24 (or $0.95) to cross and the New Rochelle – $2.16 (or $1.66 for E-ZPass handlers).
New York Thruway is all-cashless. Vehicles drive under a tolling gantry without having to stop to make a payment. The easiest way to pay tolls is using E-ZPass mounted on the windshield. Travelers with E-ZPass pay discounted rates. Make sure your pass is properly mounted, though. If your tag isn’t reading properly while traveling on the Thruway, you will be charged the Toll by Mail rate (it’s 30% higher than the E-ZPass rate). If you don’t have an E-ZPass, a photo of your license plate is captured, and the owner of the vehicle receives a toll bill within 30-40 days after travel. It is due in 30 days. Keep in mind that there is also a $2 administrative surcharge per billing statement. If you don’t pay a violation within 15 days, it may be referred to a collection agency.
Calculate your NY Thruway tolls
Tolls on the NY Thruway depend on the height of the vehicles, the distance traveled, and the total number of axles of a vehicle. At first sight, it may seem a bit complicated to correctly calculate tolls. Therefore, many people use an online toll calculator that will make online toll payments much easier and more convenient.
Here on Uproad.com, you'll find the most up-to-date NY Thruway toll information. From NY Thruway toll prices to payment options, Uproad lets you know the rules of the road.
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