NY starts electronic tolling on bridges, tunnels

New York state has started installing equipment to collect some tolls automatically, meaning vehicles will not longer have to stop to pay tolls.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week announced high-speed, open-road cashless tolling has begun at the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, which extends from the southern tip of Manhattan to Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood. The Henry Hudson Bridge also has cashless tolling.

Cashless tolling goes into effect Tuesday, Jan. 10 on the Queens Midtown Tunnel .

At all these locations, cameras suspended over the highway on gantries read E-ZPass tags and take license plate images, so vehicles no longer not have to stop and pay the toll.

Vehicles with E-ZPass tags are automatically charged at the crossings. Non-E-ZPass vehicles have their license plates recorded and a bill is mailed to the registered owner of each vehicle every 30 days, according to a statement from the governor’s office. New York Service Center tags will continue to get at least a 30 percent discount.

Open road tolling will be completed at all MTA bridges and tunnels by the end of 2017. The schedule includes:

  • Rockaway Bridges – Spring
  • RFK Bridge – Summer
  • Verrazano-Narrows Bridge – Summer
  • Throgs Neck Bridge – Fall
  • Bronx-Whitestone Bridge – Fall

The state will also deploy 150 State Troopers beginning in January at major crossings, including MTA bridges and tunnels, “to enhance security at key checkpoints, bolster counter-terrorism efforts and hold scofflaws accountable,” according to a statement from the state.