Cashless tolling to go LIVE March 29th at Grand Island Bridges

Existing toll booths to be removed in phases

Mike Baggerman
March 14, 2018 - 1:53 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Cashless tolling is set to go live at the North and South Grand Island Bridge complexes beginning March 29th. 

The transition to a cashless system means motorists will no longer need to stop at a toll booth and will not be able to use cash to pay the tolls. State-of-the-art sensors and cameras are being installed over the highway at the bridge complexes that will read E-Z Pass information and take license plate information to send bills to motorists without the electronic payment set up.

"I think I can safely say that everyone's thrilled that at the end of this month we'll never have to stop at a toll booth again," NYS Thruway Authority Director Matt Driscoll said.

Governor Cuomo made the announcement about cashless tolling last August. Driscoll said that there were 23.5 million drivers who passed through the Grand Island toll barriers last year, an average of 65,000 drivers per day.

The New York State Thruway Authority announced the timeline for the cashless tolling implementation during a Buffalo press briefing Wednesday morning.

"Since the announcement in August, crews have installed two overhead gantry's on the Niagara Thruway," Driscoll said. "One northbound at the south bridge and one southbound at the north bridge. Drivers are going to pass under these gantries to pay their tolls."

Cashless Tolling to affect traffic patterns at the Grand Island Bridge during its phases to remove the toll barriers
Overnight testing of the system will be conducted before March 29. Once operational, the thruway authority will take down the toll barriers in a series of three phases. Traffic will be altered during these phases.

Motorists are being encouraged to register for E-Z Pass payments in a media campaign that featured Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame Running Back Thurman Thomas

Check out the media campaign featuring Thurman Thomas that begins today.

Correction: Our original story stated that Thurman Thomas was the Thruway Authority Director. This is false. Matt Driscoll is the director. Our story has been corrected.

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