Canadians may soon pay tolls in Grand Island

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said news should come "very soon"

Mike Baggerman
October 10, 2019 - 2:11 pm

The cashless toll gantry beyond the South Grand Island Bridge on the 190-N (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WBEN) - Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said to expect news on how Canadians will be forced to pay tolls in Grand Island "very soon".

Since cashless tolling took effect in Grand Island, many people have cried afoul about Canadian drivers because they are not required to pay the tolls when crossing the Grand Island bridges. Drivers and state officials cited Ontario Highway 407 as an example of a double standard, where Americans are forced to pay the tolls.

"It was far more complicated than anyone can imagine dealing with a foreign government," Hochul said. "There's not one point of contact on this. It's the Canadian government, Ontario province, people coming in from Quebec. It's much bigger than we anticipated."

She said Canadians should be required to pay the toll.

WBEN has reached out to the Thruway Authority to get the latest on negotiations between the state and Canada.

 

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