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Effective Sunday, Thruway will stop taking cash for tolls

A new toll procedure will become effective at 8 p.m. Sunday at cash lanes along the ticketed portions of the New York State Thruway.

The Thruway Authority announced Friday it will stop collecting cash for tolls and instead bill by license plate.

Officials are making the move in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The procedures will be in place until further notice.

"We are implementing these emergency toll procedures for the health and safety of our employees and motorists," Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said.

When drivers who don't use E-ZPass enter the Thruway cash lane, they will continue through without collecting a ticket. When exiting the Thruway, they will inform the toll collector which exit they entered and provide their license plate information. They will not pay cash to the toll collector. They will receive their bill in the mail and can pay it with a credit card.

E-ZPass customers are advised to travel through E-ZPass lanes as they normally would. E-ZPass customers who travel through a cash lane will be given a green light to pass through.

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