New York State Assemblyman Tom Abinanti (92nd AD) today again proposed that Westchester residents be given EZ Pass discounts for any toll increases needed to pay for the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Abinanti’s district includes Tarrytown, where the bridge enters Westchester.
“People just want to cross the bridge not buy a piece of it,” said Abinanti, while noting that the state now estimates that the TPZ toll could be as high as $14 in 2014 (almost triple the current amount). “In fashioning a financial plan to pay for the new bridge, planners should take into consideration an accommodation for Westchester residents,” said Abinanti.
“Westchester residents shouldn’t have to pay more to cross a new bridge which is constructed to meet regional and interstate needs,” said the Westchester Assemblyman. Currently Westchester residents subsidize Buffalo residents who receive a 90 percent discount on the Grand Island Bridge. Grand Island residents pay 9 cents to cross the bridge while non-residents pay $1 per trip. “Clearly the Thruway Authority thought it appropriate to give residents of the Buffalo area a significant discount on their local bridge, they should do the same for the residents of Westchester,” he said.