Cashless Tolling at the Henry Hudson Bridge Begins

Motorists will be able to use any lane to drive through the toll plaza without stopping in this pilot of the first use of cashless or all-electronic tolling in the region.

"Using the latest in toll collection technology at the bridge is another example of how MTA is utilizing technology to improve the customer experience," said MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota.

"Cashless tolling is good for all customers because with no stopping that means there will be better overall traffic flow," said MTA Bridges and Tunnels President Jim Ferrara. "It's efficient and it is good for the environment because it reduces auto emissions."

Customers who prefer paying for tolls with cash can still enjoy the ease of E-ZPass and save money as well by buying a prepaid MTA E-ZPass in any MTA Bridges and Tunnels cash lane, then requesting an MTA Cash Reload Card when registering it. The Cash Reload Card does not require a bank account, credit card or debit card and can be filled at thousands of VisaReadyLink or MoneyGram store locations throughout the city. To see how easy it is to use the MTA Cash Reload Card, click here. Drivers who use an E-ZPass issued by the New York E-ZPass Customer Service Center, including MTA customers with the Cash Reload Card, will be charged the discounted E-ZPass toll of $2.20 instead of the higher cash price of $4.00.

"If you have an E-ZPass, you'll continue to use it and now you can use any lane," said Ferrara. "If you don't have E-ZPass, you can also go through any lane, non-stop, and a photograph will be taken of your license plate and the registered owner will get a bill in the mail."

Drivers using the Tolls by Mail method are charged at the higher cash rate of $4. Tolls by Mail bills can be paid using credit/debit cards, cash or checks via Internet, mail, at E-ZPass walk-in centers and select retail stores. Unpaid tolls will be subject to late fees and violation charges. The initial phase of all-electronic pilot began in January, 2011 when gates were removed in E-ZPass lanes, resulting in a 25 percent increase in the number of vehicles that are able to pass through the toll lanes during the peak period.