Thruway Authority say cashless tolling in New York state coming this month

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 ALBANY, N.Y. (WTEN) — While no specific date has been announced for the rollout of cashless tolling in New York, the state’s Thruway Authority still plans on doing it some time in the month of November.

“There’s a lot of work that still continues. We’re in the midst of testing each and every one of those sites specifically, as well as the system as a whole,” said NYS Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew Driscoll.

Driscoll says 70 gantries have been installed at 58 locations across the state.

“On those gantries are a series of equipment, cameras, laser beams, treadles embedded in the road. All of those have a separate function in terms of measuring the height of a vehicle counting the axles of a vehicle, taking pictures of the license plates, and so forth, so each element of those gantries is tested individually, and then as a whole,” Driscoll said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the project in 2018. Officials say it will reduce congestion along its 570-mile transportation system. They’re urging anyone who does not yet have an E-ZPass to get one soon to save time and money

“It’ll afford you the ability to not receive a bill in the mail. And again, it’s just really the most efficient, effective and cost-effective way to travel, so I would really urge motorists to get an E-ZPass,” Driscoll said.

They’re also urging those with peeling plates to get them replaced for free through the DMV.

“As far as the Thruway Authority and our ability to take pictures of any plates, including those that are peeling, these cameras on this new system have the highest and best resolution anywhere. We don’t see that as an issue. We’ve been testing already. We’ve not spotted any issue, so I don’t think it’s an issue at all for the Thruway Authority,” Driscoll said.

After cashless tolling goes live, the toll booths will begin to be removed, but that’s not expected to be completed until late summer of 2021.

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