Thruway tolls aren’t going away, but the toll booths are

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is announcing his goal to make the New York State Thruway “cashless.” 

That doesn’t mean drivers won’t have to pay, but it changes the way they do.

Over the next two years, the old-style toll booths drivers are used to will be replaced by metal gantries with sensors and cameras.

The sensors can charge a driver’s E-ZPass without the vehicle slowing down. For those who don’t have E-ZPass, license plate readers will detect their registration and a bill will be mailed to the associated address.

Onondaga County Executive and Board Chair of the New York State Thruway Authority, Joanie Mahoney, says the technology will eliminate the need for drivers to slow down to pay and will avoid bottlenecks at entrances and exits. 

Mahoney also says the Thruway Authority will work to relocate fulltime toll collectors into other roles with the Thruway system

Governor Cuomo wants the system installed state-wide by 2020, a goal that Mahoney thinks is achievable. 

Visitors to New York City, Massachusets or Virginia will recognize the new system.

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