Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed eliminating toll booths along the New York State Thruway in this year’s State of the State Address.
The plan offers obvious advantages, especially for truckers.
Imagine never having to stop or slow down at another toll booth again. It’s a reality soon to come true for all truck drivers in the state and it’s especially good news for truck companies.
“It should definitely help us out,” said driver Alex Voronin.
Veronin’s company, Lakeville Trucking, in Henrietta uses the Thruway on a daily basis. His company tricks products like metal and paper to various locations in Western New York and the northeast. He says this system will help them big time.
“When you go through toll booths sometimes in Buffalo when you get there, there’s a line slowly moving just to get to the EZ Pass because everybody is slowing down,” he said.
And when that happens, it causes them to run late to their destination.
Veronin says from a company standpoint the cashless tolling system will save them a lot of time as well as money on fuel costs.
“It’ll probably help us avoid accidents too because sometimes before a toll booth, they start braking and if it’s icy roads it could be a huge accident so this is a safety issue too,” he said.
Cuomo wants the system installed state-wide by 2020. A goal that Veronin thinks is achievable.