Gov. Cuomo to abolish cash toll booths by 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that a new system of automated toll booths on all bridges and tunnels in the New York metropolitan region will be completed by the end of next year.



Officials say the new toll system collects money from drivers through E-ZPass. 



Drivers who aren't signed up for E-ZPass will have their license plates recorded and a bill will be sent to their home every 30 days.



Cash tolls will first be removed at the Hugh L. Carey and Queens Midtown tunnels next month. Rockaway bridges will be completed in the Spring and the RFK and Verrazano-Narrows bridges will be ready by the Summer. Fall should see the completion of the Throgs Neck and Bronx-Whitestone bridges, Cuomo says. 



Overall, officials estimate the removal of cash tolls will save commuters 21-hours a year of sitting in traffic.


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