Completion of Spring Valley and New Rochelle Locations Meets Target Date to Convert all Seven Thruway Fixed-Price Barriers to Cashless Tolling by End of 2018
Fixed-Price Barriers Account for More Than 40 Percent of Thruway Toll Revenue Each Year
Thruway's Ticketed System on Schedule to Go Completely Cashless by End of 2020
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the installation of cashless tolling at all fixed-price toll barriers on the New York State Thruway is now complete. With cashless tolling now live at the Spring Valley and New Rochelle locations, the conversion of all seven barriers marks a significant milestone in the Governor's goal to convert the entire New York State Thruway to cashless tolling by the end of 2020.
"Cashless tolling is helping transform our state's transportation infrastructure and creating a state-of-the-art, reliable highway system that meets the needs of 21st century commuters," Governor Cuomo said. "These new cashless barriers will ease congestion for millions of motorists each year and help strengthen the region's economy by increasing access to local communities."
"As someone who grew up in a community where stopping at tolls was part of daily existence, I know cashless tolling will save a tremendous amount of time for drivers," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "With the completion of cashless tolling at fixed-price toll locations, we're on track to go cashless statewide by 2020 to ensure more efficient travel for commuters across the state."
Originally announced in June 2018, cashless tolling is now fully operational at all seven of the Thruway's fixed-price toll barriers. The following barriers no longer accept cash payment:
- Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge (I-87/I-287)
- North and South Grand Island Bridges (I-190)
- Harriman Toll Barrier (I-87)
- Yonkers Toll Barrier (I-87)
- Spring Valley Toll Barrier (I-87 - Commercial Vehicles Only)
- New Rochelle (I-95)
In 2017, more than 109 million vehicles traveled through the Thruway's seven fixed-price barriers, accounting for more than 40 percent of Thruway toll revenue. The conversion to cashless tolling is expected to save commuters approximately 200 minutes annually.
Motorists traveling through the Thruway's seven fixed-price barriers will now 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 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, "Nearly half of the more than 268 million motorists that rely on the Thruway to get to their destinations each year no longer have to stop at a toll booth to pay their toll, speeding up their commutes and easing congestion. As the transition to cashless tolling system-wide continues by the end of 2020, we urge motorists to sign up for E-ZPass, the most convenient and cost-effective way to pay tolls along the Thruway and across the state."
Assemblymember Steven Otis said, "I am thrilled to see the progress being made to bring cashless tolling to all areas of New York State and the improvements that these investments in our infrastructure will have for travelers and residents. Since joining the Assembly I have advocated for the elimination of the New Rochelle toll barriers. The new cashless tolling system will improve the flow of traffic and reduce air pollution and noise for residents of New Rochelle and Larchmont. Thanks to Governor Cuomo and the Thruway Authority for making cashless tolling a statewide priority and for converting New Rochelle toll on schedule."
Assemblymember Amy Paulin said, "I am heartened to see the Thruway Authority is on target in making the infrastructure investments necessary to increase cashless tolling. Cashless tolling has brought with it improvements in traffic congestion, curbs on emissions, and a reduction in air pollution, to say nothing of reducing stress and frustration for drivers at peak times."
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, "I'm thrilled to see cashless tolls coming to Interstate 95 in New Rochelle. This is certainly a welcome holiday gift, as this was a measure that I long pushed for when I was a New York State Assemblyman and State Senator. This will relieve nearby residents of New Rochelle, Larchmont and Mamaroneck of the traffic back up at the tollbooths that generate air pollution for those living alongside I-95. It will finally eliminate the overflow traffic that clogs nearby streets whenever drivers leave I-95 seeking an alternate route. I congratulate the Governor and the New York State Thruway Authority for making this happen. I'm looking forward to taking advantage of the cashless system next time I'm on 95."
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson said, "Cashless tolling will improve both traffic flow and air quality in our region -- a benefit to motorists and residents alike. I congratulate the Cuomo Administration on completing this important enhancement to our transportation infrastructure."
Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson said, "I am very pleased to see cashless tolling rolling out along the Thruway. Cashless tolling provides improved mobility and reduces the environmental impact from vehicles on air quality since traffic no longer has to queue or sit at toll booths. Thank you to Governor Cuomo and the Thruway Authority for this improvement to our transportation infrastructure."
As the Governor announced in his 2018 State of the State address, the Thruway will convert to cashless tolling system-wide by the end of 2020. The Thruway Authority encourages all drivers to sign up for E-ZPass. All drivers, no matter of residency, can sign up for a New York E-ZPass account at www.E-ZPassNY.com; at E-ZPass Customer Service Centers; or by calling the E-ZPass Toll Free Customer Service Center at 1-800-333-TOLL (8655). E-ZPass On-the-Go tags can be purchased at 26 Thruway Service Areas system-wide and more than 800 locations across the state, including select grocery and convenience stores, government offices and state-operated DMV offices, and select cash toll lanes across the Thruway's 570-mile system.
Tolls By Mail is used to collect toll payment from those without E-ZPass. Motorists are required to maintain updated address information with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Drivers who receive a bill can pay it online in a few short steps at the Tolls By Mail website (www.tollsbymailny.com), by mail or over the phone. Payment options include check, credit card or direct withdrawal from a bank account. Customers who call **826 from most mobile devices will receive a text message with a link to the Tolls By Mail website and information on how to set up a "Pay Toll Now" account.
E-ZPass customers are encouraged to sign up for Mobile Alerts to receive email and/or text messages of important information regarding their E-ZPass account. Notifications are sent for low balances, failed payments, successful replenishments, increased replenishment amounts, and payment method expirations. Customers can log into their account at www.e-zpassny.com, go to Account Profile, and opt-in to Mobile Alerts. Customers must have an email address and/or cell phone number listed on their account.