Thruway continuing tradition of free coffee and tea for New Year

Posted 29 December 2016 at 2:36 pm

Press Release, NY Thruway Authority

The New York State Thruway Authority today announced that it will continue its 46-year tradition of offering free coffee and hot tea to travelers along the Thruway on New Year’s Eve and into New Year’s morning.

The free beverages will be available at each of the Thruway’s 27 service areas beginning at 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 until 7 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. In addition to free coffee and tea, free E-ZPass velcro tags will be available for motorists to pick up at their convenience while supplies last at service area gift shops.

“Our longstanding New Year’s Eve tradition of providing free hot coffee and tea to our customers serves as a friendly reminder to motorists to take a break during their holiday travels,” said Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Bill Finch. “The Thruway Authority urges motorists to stay alert to ensure the safety of themselves and their fellow drivers during the busy holiday season and year-round.”

This tradition is made possible through the generosity of the following service area operators: McDonald’s Corporation, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, and HMS Host Corporation.

Motorists are reminded to not to stop on the shoulder of the roadway except in the case of an emergency.

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