Toll-free trips for recreational boats on NY canals continue

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Recreational boats will continue to travel toll-free on the New York State Canal System.

The system’s board of directors on Tuesday approved the continued waiver of tolls for recreational vessels through the 2021 season. The tolls — which range from $25 to $100 — have been waived since 2017.

Tolls will continue to be collected for commercial vessels on the 524-mile system.

Canal officials say motorized pleasure boat traffic system was up 3 percent last year.

The 2019 canal season will run from May 17 to Oct. 16.

New York’s canal system includes the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca canals

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