Cashless tolling on New York State Thruway to begin this weekend

Denis Slattery, New York Daily News
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ALBANY — The New York State Thruway is going cash-free this weekend.

Beginning late Friday, cash will no longer be accepted at toll booths, nor will tickets be handed out, along the 570 mile stretch of highway that spans the state.

Instead, gantries equipped with overhead sensors will recognize E-ZPass tags or cameras will snap photos of license plates so drivers can be billed by mail.

“The completion of this exciting new project will help Thruway travelers save time, as well as reduce traffic, cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality all along the system,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement.

The governor first announced the $355 million project in his 2018 State of the State address and touted that the conversion was completed a month ahead of schedule.

Many spots along the superhighway already utilize the cashless system, including the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and the recently removed toll plaza at the Bronx-Yonkers border.

The conversion will not impact motorists who already have an E-ZPass, as tolls will be collected using the same process. If a driver doesn’t have an E-ZPass, they will face higher toll charges and potential late fees and violation fees.

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