Grand Island Tolls To Become Cashless

Governor, other state officials, announce cashless tolling

Mike Baggerman
August 22, 2017 - 2:53 pm

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GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WBEN) - For years, residents who commute through Grand Island have complained about long waits at the Grand Island toll booths, especially during the morning and evening commute.

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On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state officials gathered to announce that the toll booths are being removed.

"I'm excited to announce that we will be implementing cashless tolling at the Grand Island Bridge Crossings to streamline travel on the bridge," State DOT commissioner Matt Driscoll said. "It's a transformative technology that uses sensors and cameras that are suspended over the highway on a structure called a gantry. It reads the car license plate or the EZ-Pass at virtually any speed...For non-EZ-Pass vehicles, a camera record the license plates and a bill is mailed to the registration of the vehicle owner."

Driscoll said there are 24 million crossings at the Grand Island Bridges each year. He also said there's an average of 65 accidents each year around the toll booth plaza.

"The toll booths are an obstacle, period," Governor Cuomo said. "They are an obstacle to tourism. They're an obstacle to the quality of life. No good thing happens at a toll booth. It is a stress-creator in life."

The governor said the cashless tolls at the Grand Island Bridges are the first cashless tolls to appear in Upstate New York.

"We have the technology," he added. "Employ the technology. Move the traffic to make it faster, make it safer, make it better for everyone. That's exactly what we're showcasing here on the Grand Island Bridges."

Construction of the cashless tolls will begin in October and are expeted to be completed by March 2018.

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