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PORT AUTHORITY TO ACTIVATE CASHLESS TOLLING SYSTEM AT OUTERBRIDGE CROSSING BEGINNING APRIL 24

Date: Apr 16, 2019
Press Release Number: 57-2019

Outerbridge Crossing will join the Bayonne Bridge as the second Staten Island bridge to implement cashless tolling system;

Goethals Bridge to activate cashless tolling later this fall;

New configuration at the Outerbridge Crossing will require overnight shutdown of eastbound lanes to accommodate construction work for the opening


The Port Authority announced today that it will activate a cashless tolling system at the Outerbridge Crossing on April 24, which will provide commuters with quicker, safer, more fuel-efficient travel over the bridge.

Under cashless tolling, all travelers with E-ZPass will drive at roadway speeds under an overhead gantry and have their E-ZPass account debited for the toll. Drivers without an E-ZPass tag will have a picture of their license plate by cameras installed on the gantry, and a bill for the toll will be sent in the mail. The Bayonne Bridge became the first Port Authority crossing to implement cashless tolling in February 2017.

“With travel at Port Authority crossings continuing to grow, it is imperative for us to implement this new technology to move more vehicles quickly and efficiently through our facilities,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “This system will help bring our toll facilities up to 21st century standards and supplement our multibillion dollar investments to build new crossings such as we have done at the Bayonne and Goethals bridges.”

“Cashless tolling has become the new national standard for toll collection and customer convenience, and we have worked diligently to transition our crossings to this new system,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “This activation will speed the trip for the traveling public and also will have environmental benefits by eliminating idling vehicles queued up to pay the toll.”

To accommodate the activation, the Port Authority will fully close the eastbound Outerbridge Crossing on April 22 and April 23 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning to complete road realignment and striping for the new system. The westbound lanes of the bridge will remain open during these closures. Eastbound travelers will be directed to the Goethals or Bayonne bridges during the closure.

The Port Authority projects that the implementation of cashing tolling at the Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge – when it begins later this year – will save drivers approximately 200,000 hours a year in travel time. It also will reduce toll booth crashes by 7 to 10 percent, and reduce emissions from idling traffic by 11,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year.

The activation of the cashless tolling system will require the Port Authority’s carpool plan to be discontinued due to the practical infeasibility of continuing the plan with cashless tolling. However, the agency’s Staten Island Bridges Plan – which provides deep discounts to travelers who use the Outerbridge Crossing, Goethals Bridge or Bayonne Bridge at least three times a month – remains in effect. For details on the plan, click here:

http://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/tolls.html

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