On February 20, 2017, the Bayonne Bridge began a Cashless Toll Collection operation and no longer accepts cash toll payments. The toll booths have been replaced with overhead equipment that instantly reads a vehicle’s E-ZPass tag. If a vehicle doesn't have an E-ZPass tag, a photograph will be taken of its license plate and a toll bill will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.
What are the benefits of Cashless Tolling?
Cashless Tolling is convenient. Drivers no longer have to stop or slow down at a toll booth (but should obey the posted speed limit). Other benefits include:
- Better traffic flow, as drivers can use any lane and there is no waiting at toll booths
- Enhanced safety due to less vehicle merging and moving from lane to lane
- Reduced auto emissions and increased gas conservation due to less vehicle idling in the lanes
More than 35 bridges, tunnels, and toll roads across the nation use Cashless Tolling, including the Henry Hudson Bridge and the Tappan Zee Bridge.
How does Cashless Tolling work for customers with E-ZPass?
E-ZPass account customers will continue to experience the same convenient process as they do now – seamless travel through the toll point without stopping. As a vehicle enters the toll lane, the E-ZPass tag that is mounted on the vehicle’s windshield is read by the antennae. The toll is charged to your E-ZPass account.
How does Cashless Tolling work for vehicles without E-ZPass?
Customers who do not have an E-ZPass tag will still travel through the toll point without stopping.
The overhead cameras take photos of the vehicle’s license plate for processing. A toll bill is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle through Tolls by Mail.
What is Tolls by Mail?
The Tolls by Mail program permits customers who do not have an E-ZPass tag to use the Bayonne Bridge. The registered owner of the vehicle is sent a toll bill in the mail that can be paid online, by mail, phone, or at certain local retailers.
What is the Tolls by Mail billing process?
- Toll bills for passenger vehicles are issued to the registered vehicle owner once a month and include all toll transactions during the billing period.
- Customers must pay the toll bill on or before the due date.
- Customers who prefer to pay their toll bill prior to receipt of the bill in the mail may do so at www.tollsbymailny.com.
- If a toll bill is not paid by the due date, a second bill is sent with a late fee of $5 added.
- If the second toll bill is not paid by the due date, a violation notice is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle, and each unpaid toll is assessed a violation fee of $50.
- Payment of all tolls and fees in the violation notices are due immediately.
- If not paid within 30 days, the tolls and associated violation fees may result in referral of the debt to a collection agency and possible civil penalties.
- New York-registered vehicles with unpaid toll violations are subject to possible vehicle registration suspension.
For information about the Tolls by Mail billing process for commercial vehicles, please visit www.tollsbymailny.com.
What happens to the E-ZPass Carpool Plan with start of Cashless Tolling at the Bayonne Bridge?
With the start of Cashless Tolling, the E-ZPass Carpool Plan is discontinued at the Bayonne Bridge, as there will be no toll collectors to verify the number of passengers in the vehicle.
What about Commercial Vehicles?
Until further notice, oversize and/or overweight trucks and special vehicles are not permitted to use the Bayonne Bridge in order to accommodate the ongoing Bayonne Bridge construction. All other commercial vehicles can travel at the posted speed limit for Cashless Tolling.
Toll payments will be collected via a properly mounted E-ZPass tag. For non-passenger vehicles that do not have E-ZPass, a bill will be mailed to the vehicle’s registered owner. Each bill must be paid independently. Overdue amounts will not be carried forward in the next bill with new transactions.
A single reminder of an overdue bill payment will be sent, with a late fee added. Transactions remaining unpaid after an overdue bill reminder will be escalated to violations and additional fees will be assessed. Please note that delinquency in tolls for any Port Authority bridge or tunnel crossings precludes participation in special grant-funded programs such as the Truck Replacement Program.
What is the E-ZPass Pay Per Trip Plan?
Customers who do not have a credit card or prefer not to have a prepaid balance can sign up for the Pay Per Trip Plan and get the convenience of E-ZPass without a prepaid account. The Pay Per Trip Plan is only available to non-commercial vehicles.
- The Pay Per Trip Plan is a "post-paid" plan that enables customers to link their E-ZPass account to their checking account and pay for all their E-ZPass tolls once per day, directly from their bank account, for the days on which they have E-ZPass toll usage.
- No money is held as “prepaid balance” as with the other E-ZPass plans, there is no need to provide a credit card number, and the account is not charged until a customer incurs tolls.
- A customer may also choose to provide a credit card as a backup payment source, which allows the tag deposit to be waived, and will also serve as a secondary payment method if the bank account withdrawal fails for some reason.
For more information on the Pay Per Trip Plan, please visit www.ezpassny.com.
Will Cashless Tolling be implemented at other Port Authority
tunnels and bridges?
At this time, the Bayonne Bridge is the only Port Authority crossing where Cashless Tolling is being introduced.
For questions about Cashless Tolling at the Bayonne Bridge, please contact us at www.panynj.gov/feedback or call 1-800-221-9903.