The New York State Thruway’s board of directors canceled the second of two meetings within four days at which the board was to address a proposed 45% increase in toll rates for trucks.
The cancellation of Monday’s meeting followed a meeting that had been scheduled for Friday that had also been canceled.
Thruway officials in May published a proposal that could raise the toll for a five-axle truck running the length of the highway from the current $68.95 to $99.98, which a state official said this summer could have “damaging effects” on consumers and businesses.
In a statement issued after the second meeting cancellation, the Thruway’s executive director, Thomas J. Madison, said the toll increase for trucks is a “a complex issue” that requires more evaluation before the board considers it.
“The Thruway is looking at a number of options and doing extensive research and it will continue to do this due diligence work before another meeting is called and a recommendation is made,” Madison said.