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NYS Thruway to go cashless in 2020

Jun 18, 2019 12:00 pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo June 17, announced the New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors is moving forward with plans to install a cashless tolling system statewide by the end of 2020. "New York State is making historic investments building a modern transportation network worthy of the 21st century and beyond," Cuomo said in a statement. "By investing in technology like cashless tolling, we are creating a safer, greener and less congested Thruway system and ensuring our transportation infrastructure is capable of supporting New York's growing economy." Cashless tolling is already in use in the lower Hudson Valley and the Grand Island Bridges in western New York. In the final phase, the Thruway's ticketed system will be converted to cashless tolling on the approximately 450 miles of roadway between exits 15 and the Pennsylvania line, as well as the Berkshire Spur. Construction is scheduled to begin in late summer or early fall. Once the system is operational, motorists will drive under gantries and sensors and cameras will read E-ZPass tags and take license plate images. Vehicles with passes will be automatically charged and those without tags will have a a toll bill mailed to the registered owner. The governor's statement included no information on the fate of the toll collectors employed by the Thruway Authority once the conversion is complete. Read the full press release at governor [dot] ny [dot] gov [slash] news.