Cashless tolling went live on the New York State Thruway’s ticketed system – more than a month ahead of schedule – during the overnight hours of Friday, November 13, into Saturday, November 14. The historic conversion took place simultaneously at 58 tolling locations across the Thruway’s 450-mile ticketed system.
Cash is no longer accepted as a form of payment at toll booths and printed toll tickets are no longer handed out. Vehicles with E-ZPass tags are automatically charged and vehicles without E-ZPass tags will have their license plate image captured and a toll bill mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle via Tolls by Mail. Non-E-ZPass customers have a number of options to pay including by mail, over the phone, online, and via the TollsNY app.
The conversion to cashless tolling marks the end of phase one of the project. Phase two, which begins following the conversion, includes the removal of existing toll plazas. During the interchange reconstruction, drivers will continue to travel through existing toll lanes at reduced speeds without stopping until the booths are removed and road reconfigurations are complete. Drivers should expect traffic shifts and must use caution around the toll plazas during this time, as these will be active construction zones. The posted speed limit when traveling through the toll lanes will be 20 MPH.
Eventually, when all toll booths are removed, motorists will be able to speed through the interchanges at highway speeds.