Design-Build Team Selected for NY State's $355M Cashless Tolls Project
State officials said the $355.3 million investment would include the implementation of cashless tolling and the removal of existing toll booths at 52 Thruway interchanges and barriers.
Cashless Tolling Constructors, LLC was chosen and its bid will be submitted to the state comptroller's office for approval.
" New York State is making historic investments building a modern transportation network worthy of the 21st century and beyond," Cuomo said in a statement. "By investing in technology like cashless tolling, we are creating a safer, greener and less congested Thruway system and ensuring our transportation infrastructure is capable of supporting New York's growing economy."
Cuomo announced cashless tolling in his 2018 State of the State address. Cashless tolling is already operational at the Thruway's fixed-price barriers in the lower Hudson Valley region and the Grand Island Bridges in Western New York , officials said.
The ticketed system consists of approximately 450 miles of roadway between exits 15 ( Woodbury ) and exit 61 (Ripley - PA Line) as well as exits B1 - B3 (Berkshire Spur).
Cuomo said construction is slated to begin in late summer and early fall with the installation of gantries and cashless tolling equipment. The gantries will have state-of-the-art sensors and cameras that read E-ZPass tags and take license plate images so vehicles will no longer have to stop to pay tolls.
Vehicles with E-ZPass tags will continue to be automatically charged and vehicles without the tags will have their license plate image captured and a toll bill mailed to the registered owner, officials said. Customers who pay using Tolls By Mail will pay the same toll rate previously paid by cash customers and E-ZPass customers with New York accounts will continue to receive a five percent discount.
Toll plazas and barriers will be removed in phases following the switchover. Drivers can continue to use the toll lines during construction.
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