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Cashless, Gateless Tolls For Henry Hudson Bridge

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The toll plaza at the Henry Hudson Bridge - New York, NY - Sep 28, 2010 - Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

The toll plaza at the Henry Hudson Bridge – New York, NY – Sep 28, 2010 – Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - The MTA says the Henry Hudson Bridge is the best bridge to try out gateless, cashless tolls.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports

More than 80% of the business there is E-ZPass and the approach roads are relatively simple.

Cameras would record the license plates of drivers without the electronic tag.

“The MTA has financial issues that they have to resolve and, looking at this, without hitting the straphanger with higher fares, [it would] certainly be preferable,” New York City Councilman James Vacca tells WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane.

Vacca, chair of the transportation committee, says a major outreach will be needed.

The Henry Hudson Bridge is seen from Englewood Cliffs, NJ - Apr 18, 2009 - Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

The Henry Hudson Bridge is seen from Englewood Cliffs, NJ - Apr 18, 2009 - Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

The MTA will remove the gates in January, initially leaving a cash lane, but that’s expected to go in January of 2012 and this could spread to other MTA bridges and tunnels.

The Henry Hudson Bridge is a double-decker bridge connecting Manhattan to the Bronx. The upper level heads north and the lower level heads south.

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