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MTA Wraps up Move to Cashless Tolling at Bridges, Tunnels

The MTA has finished installing cashless tolling at its bridges and tunnels, with the Bronx-Whitestone and Throgs Neck bridges set to be the final crossings making the switch this weekend, the governor’s office announced.

The two bridges, which were originally scheduled to go cashless on Oct. 31, will now go cashless on Saturday, because installation of cashless tolling was finished early, Gov. Cuomo’s office said in a release Wednesday.

"Transitioning MTA bridges and tunnels to Cashless Tolling not only improves the safety of motorists, it reduces carbon emissions and helps further our efforts to provide a greener and more modern New York for all,” 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 MTA says that cashless tolls are projected to save commuters 21 hours of drive time every year.

Over the past year, the following bridges and tunnels have gone cashless: Henry Hudson Bridge, Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, Queens Midtown Tunnel, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, Cross Bay Veterans bridges, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.

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