New York City

Cashless Tolls Begin on Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

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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