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Cashless tolls on Whitestone, Throgs Neck up and running

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Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:08 pm

The Whitestone and Throgs Neck bridges switched over to a cashless tolling system beginning at 3 a.m. this past Saturday.

 Gov. Cuomo announced the switchover on Wednesday. They are the last remaining bridges operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to drop cash tolls, and, according to Cuomo, are beginning three months ahead of schedule.

He said the benefits of the technology are already making it easier for New Yorkers to get where they need to go, with improved traffic flow, reduced congestion and decreased commute times.

“Open road, cashless tolling is critical to modernizing our roadways, easing congestion, and re-imagining our transportation system for the 21st century economy,” Cuomo said in a statement issued by his office.

“Transitioning MTA bridges and tunnels to Cashless Tolling not only improves the safety of motorists, it reduces carbon emissions and helps further our efforts to provide a greener and more modern New York for all,” he added.

The system now is in place at the Henry Hudson Bridge; the Hugh L. Carey and Queens Midtown tunnels; Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge; Cross Bay Veterans Bridges; Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and Robert F. Kennedy/Triborough  Bridge now are cashless.

Robert Sinclair Jr., spokesman for AAA New York, said the drivers advocacy group completely supports the measure.

“We’re very happy that it’s happening, Sinclair said. “Cashless tolling allows traffic to keep moving.” He also pointed out environmental merits of not having cars stopped in lines.

“Moving cars give off fewer emissions, even ones that are moving slowly,” he said.

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  • pvaldezriverajr posted at 7:27 pm on Fri, Sep 29, 2017.

    pvaldezriverajr Posts: 292

    And more revenue into the MTA's coffers. [smile]