Tuesday, April 26, 2005

For Whom the Bells Toll

The tolls on the New York State thruway are going up for the first time in 17 years. This is no rah rah post. I would say "sod off" to the thruway if it didn't take an additional half hour to get to Rochester via the toll-free I-86/Route 390 highways. So I will do what any penny pinching New Yorker should do and risk having the state know when I've gone through certain tolls by signing up for the NYS E-Z Pass.

I think you end up paying only a 15% increase rather than a 25% increase if you have E-Z pass.

Now I can join my parents in sighing and saying, "Back in the day it only cost a $1.30 to get from Buffalo to Rochester. Heck, I used to collect empty pop cans laying around the WBNY lounge when I was in college to extend my pocket change."

7 comments:

Wendolene said...

Please see my blog before signing up for EZPass. Please.

Julia said...

Wendy - could you give us a perma-link to that entry? I remember your post about getting a ticket when neither you, nor your husband, were anywhere near an EZ Pass booth.

Wendolene said...

EZPass is run by Lucifer's third cousin once-removed. Permalink.

Matt said...

Yeah, cuz Lucifer couldn't hack the job and got frustrated.

Wendolene said...

Thank you for the recommendation that I contact Eliot Spitzer's office. After receiving ANOTHER form letter from EZPass today, I am doing just that.

Jaquandor said...

Do you take I-86 all the way to where 390 comes in, near Corning? That's too far. If you take I-86 to Hornell, and then take whatever road that is north through Arkport to Dansville, you can pick up I-390 there.

And if you're really adventurous, I can tell you a "backwoods" way to get from the Belmont/Friendship exit of I-86 to Mount Morris, where you can get the I-390 with about 30 miles to go to Rochester.

OR you can go north to Route 20, and then stay on that all the way to LeRoy where you can pick up toll-free I-490 to Rochester. That's a bit slower, though.

Julia said...

I've done the I-86 to Dansville exit to 390. It's only a trip I've made when I've had lots of time to spare or the Lake Effect was bad enough off Lake Erie to go the long way.

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