What Happened to the Push to Eliminate Grand Island Tolls?

Local Elected Leaders see Electronic Tolls as a Compromise

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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - As Grand Island gets ready for high speed electronic tolls, many are asking what happened to the push to eliminate the tolls altogether?  Three elected leaders joined WBEN to discuss the original goal of removing the tolls. 

"This is a huge change, a huge win, there's no other way to look at it" said Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray.  Asked if the addition of new toll technology is only going to make it permanent, he said "it may or may not".

Congressman Brian Higgins said "it's a better alternative, it's not the best.  But it is moving in that direction". 

State Senator Chris Jacobs added, "We will continue to fight for the removal of tolls, but that's a tough lift.  We can't let perfect be the enemy of the good". 

McMurray, Higgins and Jacobs all see it as a compromise and moving the ball in the direction of someday eliminating the Grand Island tolls altogether, which generate 20 million dollars a year.

Congressman Higgins does not think the new toll technology goes far enough. "We should be instituting cashless tolls not only at Grand Island but also at Lackawanna and Williamsville". 



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