MTA Touts Gate-Less Tolls on WNYC

Tuesday, January 04, 2011


The NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority is spending $13,000 to support WNYC programming.

The language of the so-called underwriting credit tells listeners:

"WNYC is supported by the MTA. This January the gates come off of E-ZPass lanes at the Henry Hudson Bridge. Gateless tolling is the first step in an MTA pilot program to bring cashless, all-electronic toll collection to the bridge within a year. More information at m-t-a dot info."

The NY Thruway Authority has already installed gate-less tolling on parts of NY's Thruway upstate so cars don't have to break their 65-mph speed. Colorado and several other states also have gate-less toll collection that relies on license-plate reading to bill drivers.

The Henry Hudson Bridge connects Manhattan and the Bronx. The plan is to eliminate all cash payments at the bridge and collect tolls only by E-ZPass or snapping pictures of license plates and sending a bill to drivers by the end of the year.

The MTA said it routinely budgets money for telling the public about changes to service.

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Comments [2]

Margo from New Rochelle NY

I think is outrageous that I am now forced to either join e-z pass or not use the bridge. And why is it SOOOOOOO great to join the 21st centruy, anyway? Why is this assumed to be such a great thing? Getting rid of the gate is fine for the e-z pass crowd but why can't I still pay my toll if I want?

Jan. 10 2011 02:37 PM
JOhn from Bronx

It is about time that the MTA enters the 21th century and reduces cost and pollution of the current collection system. Now if we can get rid of the remaining station agents and hire station security in there place

Jan. 05 2011 10:47 PM

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