How do tolls get collected when tollbooths get ripped out?
It's called a "cashless tolling" system, and New York already has it in place at the former Tappan Zee Bridge between Rockland and Westchester counties. As of earlier this year, it was being added at tunnel crossings and bridges in New York City, and it's coming to the Grand Island bridges in the near future.
Here's how it works:
- Motorists drive at highway speed beneath an overhead structure with equipment that scans vehicles.
- Drivers who have an E-ZPass get the toll amount deducted from their accounts.
- Motorists who don't have an E-ZPass have their vehicles photographed, and a bill for the toll is sent in the mail.
- Drivers are not required to have an E-ZPass, but those who have it receive a 5 percent discount on the toll.