Thruway Authority, New York State
Note: Most recent estimates as of 12/16/08.
The Thruway Authority operates a 641 mile highway system, including the nation’s longest toll highway and 71 miles of un-tolled Interstate 84 operated under contract for the Department of Transportation. The Thruway Authority also has jurisdiction over the New York State Canal System. Through its subsidiary, the New York State Canal Corporation, the Thruway maintains, operates, develops and makes capital improvements to the 524-mile navigable waterway which includes 57 locks, 16 lift bridges, numerous dams, reservoirs and water control structures.
Thruway Authority and Canal System programs are primarily supported by Authority funds, which are not reflected in the Executive Budget. The 2009 annual operating and capital budget is expected to total over $1.15 billion. The Authority will have a workforce of 3,377 in 2009, a decrease of 30 positions from 2008.
Revenues from canal tolls and other user fees are deposited into the Canal System Development Fund and, in accordance with the State Constitution, are used exclusively for the canals. The Executive Budget recommends a new appropriation of $2 million and reappropriations of $10.0 million from the Canal System Development Fund for a portion of the maintenance, construction, reconstruction, development and promotion of the canals.
The Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bond Act of 2005 (appropriated through the Department of Transportation budget) provides $10 million in State fiscal year 2009-10 to advance additional Canal capital projects.
2009-10 Executive Budget — Agency Presentation
Thruway Authority, New York State (PDF)