NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Henry Hudson Bridge is going cashless.
Unmanned, cashless toll booths are being introduced on the Bronx-Manhattan crossing beginning at 11 p.m. on Nov. 10.
“All-electronic tolling is another example of the innovative ways the MTA is using technology to make travel easier and more convenient for customers,” MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph Lhota said in a statement. “By upgrading to 21st century technology, the MTA is catching up with the best tolling practices used by other agencies around the world.”
Drivers can continue to pay with E-ZPass.
Those without E-Zpass will be billed by mail after their license plates are photographed and the registered driver is identified, the agency said.
The toll remains the same: $2.20 with E-ZPass and $4 without.
The 34 MTA Bridges and Tunnels officers currently working at the bridge toll plaza will be moved to jobs at other crossings.
The bridge averages 65,000 vehicles daily. It’s the first of the MTA’s seven bridges and two tunnels to go cashless.
The MTA will analyze data and conduct an environmental impact study a year after the cashless toll program has been in place before deciding whether to bring it to its other crossings.
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