MTA to Eliminate Toll Booths on NY Bridges and Tunnels

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plans to eliminate toll booths on seven NYC bridges and tunnels by installing automatic tolling within the next five years.

The move is part of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Crossing project. The MTA will institute state-of-the-art automatic tolling at all NY bridges and tunnels – reducing traffic congestion and decreasing emissions to improve the overall travel experience for millions of residents and visitors in New York State.

On average, over 800,000 vehicles cross MTA tunnels and bridges each day and can spend up to one hour and 45 minutes waiting in cash toll lanes per month. Automated tolling will use E-ZPass and a camera that records license plates for non-E-ZPass holders and sends them a bill in the mail.

The New York Crossings Project encompasses all seven MTA-operated bridges and its two tunnels, including the Henry Hudson Bridge, Whitestone Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, RFK Triborough Bridge, Queens Midtown Tunnel, Hugh L. Carey Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, and Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. The coordinated lighting plan will include the George Washington Bridge operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Funding for these improvements is allocated as part of the MTA’s $27 billion capital plan.

The Holland Tunnel and Lincoln Tunnel are operated by the Port Authority of NY and NJ.

As part of the New York Crossings Project, Governor Cuomo also announced the state will implement new tunnel barriers to control major floods and seismic measures on bridges which will provide long-term protection from earthquakes and other natural forces. The transformational project also includes the addition of energy efficient LED lighting. In addition, the MTA will join cities around the globe in providing a renewed focus on public art to ensure our infrastructure projects reflect the grandeur of the Empire State. Under the Governor’s plan, New York will redesign tunnel plazas with cutting-edge veils equipped with LED capability, and gantry structures supporting the new electronic toll equipment will feature artistic “wave” designs which will vary in size and scale.

“By investing in New York’s transportation network today and equipping it to meet the challenges of tomorrow, we are cementing our state’s position as a national leader in 21st century infrastructure and cutting-edge innovation,” Governor Cuomo said. “From speeding up commutes and reducing emissions on key roadways with automatic tolling to bolstering resiliency on our bridges and tunnels and increasing security at key checkpoints, this transformational project will revolutionize transportation in New York and ensure that our state is built to lead for generations to come.”