Cuomo Says Proposed Tappan Zee Toll Hikes Too High

The governor called for a task force to find ways to reduce the increase by 2017, when the bridge is expected to be finished

Friday, Aug 10, 2012  |  Updated 1:21 PM EDT
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Cuomo Says Proposed Tappan Zee Toll Hikes Too High

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to scale back his administration's proposal to nearly triple the toll on the Tappan Zee Bridge.

In a letter to the state Thruway Authority, the governor calls for a task force to find ways to reduce the increase by 2017, when the bridge is expected to be finished.
 
The current toll is $5.
 
Cuomo's top staffers presented a plan last week to raise the toll to $14 to pay for a $5.2 billion replacement of the aging bridge. Many regular users reacted unhappily.

In Friday's letter, the governor says the task force should find ways to maximize federal support and to lower the cost of borrowing.
 
He also suggests expanded discount programs for residents of Rockland and Westchester counties, which are connected by the bridge.

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