Directs the New York state thruway authority to discontinue the collection of tolls at the South Grand Island bridge in the Niagara section of the Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway.
TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to discontinuing the collection of certain tolls at the Grand Island bridges in the Niagara section of the New York state thruway
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL: at the South Grand Island bridge.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of this bill removes the toll barrier at the South Grand Island bridge without increasing the toll amount collected at the barrier of the North Grand Island bridge.
Section 2 states the effective date of the ninetieth day after it shall have become law.
JUSTIFICATION: The Grand Island Bridges are the only way to travel on to and off of Grand Island. This toll is an unjustified tax on residents of Grand Island, who have no other means by which to travel to and from their Grand Island homes. Grand Island boasts a state park, many restaurants, camping areas, a theme park and golf courses; all of these attractions would benefit from no tolls at the South Grand Island bridge. The elimination of the Grand Island Thruway toll barrier on the South entrance to the island will alleviate the traffic congestion and eliminate the wait that commuters and other travelers often face. Currently at the South Grand Island tolls, trucks are often stuck in traffic for long periods of time missing their delivery times and costing businesses time and money. Furthermore, it would serve to improve air quality by reducing the idle time of running automobiles. All four bridges connecting Grand Island to both Erie and Niagara county are constantly undergoing bridge work, but the bridge at the South entrance to the island is in the worst shape because of the stress the bridge is under with the traffic either sitting or trucks trying to get up to speed after stopping for the tolls.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3804 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 19, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GRISANTI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT in relation to discontinuing the collection of certain tolls at the Grand Island bridges in the Niagara section of the New York state thruway THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, the New York State thruway authority shall remove the toll barrier at the South Grand Island bridge in the Niagara section of the Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway, as such section is described in subdivision 8 of section 356 of the public authorities law; provided, however that the toll amount collected at the barrier of the North Grand Island bridge shall not be increased. S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04690-02-3