How the $1 Grand Island Toll Turned I $1,224 Bill

Aug. 11, 2018
John Oravec paid his $24 Grand Island cashless toll bill two months late and was charged a $50 penalty for every $1 toll he failed to pay, bringing his bill to $1,224. After a lot of screaming and yelling with customer service, the Thruway Authority waived the penalties. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)
John Oravec paid his $24 Grand Island cashless toll bill two months late and was charged a $50 penalty for every $1 toll he failed to pay, bringing his bill to $1,224.

John Oravec crossed the Grand Island bridge 24 times one month, traveling between his home in Niagara Falls and County Hall in downtown Buffalo. He saw the bills in the mail but, as the owner of two small businesses, he’s a busy guy and let them sit — for at least two months, he said.

He figured he would see some late fees when he sat down to pay his bill on the state’s website, but he did not expect to see the $1,224 bill that was waiting for him when he logged in.

Like any other motorist who fails to pay their toll bill on time, he had been charged a $50 penalty for each $1 toll.

“$50 a pop? Really?” Oravec said.

Irate, he called the Thruway Authority.
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