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    Cashless Tolls Begin on Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
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    In this Nov. 2, 2012, file photo, the Staten Island side of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is dark and the Brooklyn side still has lights in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

    Say goodbye to the toll booths on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

    The bridge that spans Staten Island and Brooklyn went cashless at 3 a.m. Saturday, a long-planned move that Gov. Cuomo said would help ease congestion during Amtrak's summer repair work. That work, which promises to disrupt commutes into the city, begins Monday. 

    "The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is a vital transportation artery for New York City, and cashless tolling will improve safety, reduce congestion and streamline travel between Staten Island and Brooklyn," Cuomo said in a statement. 

    Sensors suspended over the highway will read E-ZPass tags and take license plate images. Vehicles with E-ZPass tags will be automatically charged and vehicles without E-ZPass have their license plate recorded with a bill mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.

    The Throgs Neck Bridge is expected to go cashless in September 2017 and the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge in October 2017.

    The MTA says that cashless tolls are projected to save commuters 21 hours of drive time every year. 

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