New York State Thruway Authority

Gas Prices at Thruway Travel Plazas

The New York State Thruway has 27 travel plazas that offer gas, food and other amenities for travelers. These services are provided by vendors under concession contracts awarded by the New York State Thruway Authority. We audited the gas prices at eight selected travel plazas to determine whether they were higher than the prices allowed under the contracts with the concessionaires. We found that gas prices at these travel plazas were not always in compliance with contractual limits. Specifically, three of the eight stations exceeded their approved prices, and thus overcharged for their gas, on at least three days and as many as 44 days, during the 123-day period we examined. The amounts overcharged ranged from two cents to 26 cents a gallon. In total, motorists were overcharged about $2,870 for 93,177 gallons of fuel. We recommended that a number of improvements be made in the Thruway Authority’s oversight of the gas concessionaires.

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