Cashless Open Road Tolling commences at the Queens Midtown Tunnel on January 10, 2017 at 3am.
Cashless Tolling is coming to MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ New York City crossings. The old toll booths will be coming down as the MTA Bridges & Tunnels moves to a fully Open Road Cashless Tolling operation. Traffic will move more efficiently, and it’s better for the environment. Cashless Tolling is already in place at the Tappan Zee Bridge, Mass Pike, and soon, the Bayonne Bridge.
Our northern-most crossing, the Henry Hudson Bridge, has been operating with “all-electronic” cashless tolling since late 2012.
At the Queens Midtown Tunnel, toll booth removal in the plaza will commence soon after the Cashless Tolling launch, so there will be a closed-off work zone migrating across the plaza for a period of time.
This method of toll collection has been very successful in moving traffic over the bridge more efficiently, with no cash-line back-ups to slow everyone’s progress. Local residents especially appreciate that Cashless Tolling is better for the environment, as it reduces congestion from idling vehicles. Driver and employee safety is improved because drivers no longer have to weave, merge or cross over lanes to choose the correct payment lane. Toll booth removal is in progress, and soon traffic will be even more free-flowing, with no need for cars to channel through the defunct toll lanes. The lanes will be open, clean and clear. Drivers cross under the roadway gantry that is equipped with sensors and cameras to charge tolls via E-ZPass and Tolls by Mail. Both the Queens Midtown and the Hugh L. Carey/Brooklyn-Battery tunnels are next. They will be converted to Cashless Tolling in early January 2017! The other six tolled NYC crossings will become Cashless Tolling facilities later in 2017.
For drivers who use E-ZPass nothing will change in a Cashless/Open Road Tolling environment, except they must remember to have their E-ZPass tags mounted in the front windshield, rather than wave their tags. Drivers without E-ZPass have their license plate photographed and a bill for the cash toll amount is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle based on DMV records. Anyone can get E-ZPass, even if they don’t own a car. Using E-ZPass carries the most benefit for drivers, who save 30% to 50% on tolls at MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ nine NYC crossings. There are flexible options to maintain an account: auto-replenishment by credit or debit card; pay-as-you-go with Pay Per Trip; and the MTA Cash Reload Card. No bank account or credit card is necessary. Visit www.ezpassny.com
Drivers who choose not to get E-ZPass, will be billed the cash toll amount, or they can proactively pay their toll via the “Pay Tolls Now” service. Dial **826 from a mobile device—BUT NOT WHILE DRIVING!—and follow the instructions.
As always, MTA Bridges & Tunnels appreciates your patience and support as they “graduate” to Cashless/Open Road Tolling, and continue with critically important Sandy Restoration and other Capital Improvements to keep the 76-year-old tunnel in a state of good repair. There will be updates in the coming weeks with additional details about Cashless Tolling at the Queens Midtown Tunnel.
Updated 12/12/16, 12/30/16, 1/6/17