Cashless Tolling Will Improve Traffic Flow on Busy Thruway Corridor on I-87 in Westchester County that Serves More Than 17.5 Million Vehicles Per Year
Yonkers Toll Barrier Will Become Thruway's Fifth All Cashless Tolling Location Across its 570-Mile System
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced cashless tolling will go live at the Yonkers Toll Barrier (I-87 North and South) early Friday morning, November 16, with switchover operations beginning at approximately 6 p.m. the night before, weather permitting. The official switchover to cashless tolling is expected to take place shortly after midnight following a brief traffic stoppage for northbound and southbound motorists. When fully operational, cashless tolling is expected to improve traffic flow on the Thruway corridor that serves more than 17.5 million vehicles per year, which accounts for more than 6.5 percent of the Thruway's overall toll traffic volume.
"New York is leading the nation by making historic investments in infrastructure, ensuring our transportation network is fit for the 21st century," Governor Cuomo said. "The implementation of cashless tolling in Yonkers is a critical step in our efforts to minimize traffic disruptions, ease congestion and decrease carbon emissions, creating a smarter, greener New York for generations to come."
When cashless tolling goes live, motorists traveling through the Yonkers Toll Barrier will drive under a gantry with state-of-the-art sensors and cameras that read E-ZPass tags and take license plate images so vehicles no longer have to stop to pay the toll. Vehicles with E-ZPass tags are automatically charged and Vehicles without E-ZPass tags will have their license plate image captured and a toll bill will be mailed to the registered owner of each vehicle. Customers who pay using Tolls By Mail will pay the same toll rate as previously paid by cash customers, and E-ZPass customers with New York accounts will continue to receive a five percent discount.
Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said, "Cashless tolling is improving commutes across the state by enabling drivers to efficiently travel through tolling locations without needing to stop and wait to pay a toll. Beginning Nov. 16, the millions of drivers who travel through the Yonkers Toll Barrier each year will begin to experience the benefits of cashless tolling. The Thruway Authority is committed to reimagining and modernizing our infrastructure network and cashless tolling is an enormous part of that strategy. As the Thruway Authority continues to convert all fixed-price toll barriers to cashless tolling by the end of this year, and system-wide by the end of 2020, I strongly encourage all drivers to sign up for E-ZPass which is the easiest, most efficient way to pay and will also save you time and money."
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “Cashless tolls are the way of the future, and a terrific improvement for those that travel the New York State Thruway. We have all sat in traffic at high congestion times, and this new system will stop some of the backups that occur. Not only is this an improvement for commuters on the NYS Thruway, it is also going to help those who live around the Thruway with preventing air pollution and spillover traffic. This is a win for everyone.”
City of Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said, "This is great news for Yonkers, especially as we enter one the highest traveled seasons of the year. With Yonkers being the gateway to the Hudson Valley, there is no doubt the cashless toll here will better move the flow of traffic in our region. Thank you to New York State for recognizing the need to upgrade our infrastructure, benefitting our residents and visitors alike.
Once the new tolling system is fully operational, the existing Yonkers Toll Plaza will be removed in several phases, which will result in altered traffic patterns. For a short period of time, drivers will continue to travel through existing toll lanes at reduced speeds without stopping until the booths are removed and the road reconfiguration is completed. Drivers are strongly urged to use caution around the toll plaza during this time, as it is an active construction zone. The posted speed limit when traveling through the toll lanes will be 20 MPH.
The Yonkers Toll Barrier will become the Thruway's fifth cashless tolling location, in addition to the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Grand Island Bridges and Harriman Toll Barrier. As Governor Cuomo announced in June 2018, all remaining fixed toll barriers in the lower Hudson Valley will be converted to cashless tolling by the end of 2018. The remaining barriers include New Rochelle (I-95) and Spring Valley (commercial traffic only). The Thruway's ticketed system (I-87/I-90 from exit 16 - exit 50 and exit 55 - exit 60) is scheduled to be converted to cashless tolling by the end of 2020.
As part of the Thruway's transition to cashless tolling, the Thruway Authority is encouraging all motorists to sign up for E-ZPass NY and save on tolls across the state, including a five percent discount along the entire 570-mile New York State Thruway. E-ZPass offers a variety of discount plans and payment options to fit the needs of every motorist, including Pay Per Trip, which is linked to a bank account, not a credit card, and pays tolls incurred once per day and a prepaid E-ZPass account balance is not required.
E-ZPass On-the-Go tags can be purchased at 26 Thruway Service Areas system-wide, more than 800 locations across the state including select grocery and convenience stores, and government offices, state-operated DMV offices, and select cash toll lanes across the Thruway's 570-mile system.