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PORT AUTHORITY BOARD APPROVES IMPLEMENTATION OF CASHLESS TOLLING AT STATEN ISLAND CROSSINGS

Date: Jun 28, 2018
Press Release Number: 104-2018

Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing will join the Bayonne Bridge with cashless tolling systems

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved a project to implement a cashless tolling system at the Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge, which is expected to provide commuters with quicker, safer, more fuel efficient travel over the bistate crossings.

At its monthly meeting, the Board approved a $52 million project to replace the existing toll collection system at both crossings with a new open-road tolling system. In his State of the State address this year, Governor Cuomo requested that all Port Authority crossings migrate to cashless facilities in the near future.

Under cashless tolling, travelers drive at roadway speeds under an overhead gantry and have their E-ZPass account debited for the toll. Or, for drivers who are not E-ZPass customers, cameras installed on the gentry will take a picture of their license plate and a bill for the toll will be sent in the mail. The cashless system will be operational by the second quarter of 2019 at the Outerbridge Crossing and by the third quarter of 2019 at the Goethals Bridge.

In February 2017, the Bayonne Bridge became the Port Authority’s first crossing to implement cashless tolling.

“Today’s action will begin to bring our toll facilities up to 21st-century standards, and will reduce congestion, improve safety and reduce vehicle emissions from idling cars at our crossings,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “With the region continuing to grow, it’s imperative that we find ways to move more vehicles quickly and efficiently through our facilities, and migrating to this new system is a step in the right direction.”

“Other tolling agencies in the region have found great success with cashless tolling and it’s important that we follow their lead to more expeditiously move people and goods through the region,” said Port Authority Vice Chairman Jeffrey Lynford. “Today’s action will begin the process of providing a seamless trip at our crossings and serve as a major benefit for the millions of customers we serve each year.”

The Port Authority projects that the implementation of cashless tolling will save drivers using the Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge approximately 200,000 hours a year. It also will reduce crashes by 7 to 10 percent, and reduce emissions from idling traffic by 11,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year.

In addition to approving the installation of the overhead structures and cashless tolling system, the Board also approved the discontinuance of the Port Authority Carpool Plan at the two crossings due to the practical infeasibility of continuing the plan with cashless tolling.

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