MTA Moves Closer to Electronic-Only Tolling

Thursday, January 20, 2011

City Council Transportation Committee Chairman James Vacca praises the step toward cashless tolling on the Henry Hudson Bridge. (WNYC)

Drivers are one step closer to cashless tolling on the MTA's nine bridges and tunnels.

Starting today, drivers with EZ pass no longer have to stop at a toll gate on the Henry Hudson bridge between the Bronx and Manhattan. MTA chairman Jay Walder says it's the start of electronic-only-tolling at all of the agency's crossings.

Standing on the bridge's toll plaza in blustery weather, he announced to reporters: "We're here to usher in a new era in toll collection, the beginning of the end of the toll booth."

Cameras have been installed at the bridge to catch drivers who attempt to pass through EZ Pass lanes without EZ pass tags. But eventually, Walder says, they will be used to photograph license plates of cars without EZ pass--and then bill drivers for the toll. Walder says he hopes to have the system installed on other MTA bridges, including the Verrazano and Robert F. Kennedy bridges, in a few years time.

Cashless tolling is expected to begin at the Henry Hudson Bridge will begin within a year.


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