Starting in November, the Henry Hudson Bridge is going completely cashless, my colleague Ned Rauch reported today.
For drivers who don’t have E-ZPass, cameras will take a photo of their license plates and mail them bills. The MTA said it hopes to eventually unroll the technology on all their crossings. Sounds great, right?
But is the MTA going to successfully chase down motorists for the $3 if they don’t pay it? The Thruway Authority, which operates the Tappan Zee Bridge, has struggled to crack down on toll evaders, we reported yesterday.
From 2007 to 2011, more than 1 million motorists skipped paying tolls on Thruway Authority roads and bridges and avoided paying $35 million in charges and fees, my Gannett colleague, Joe Spector, found in his investigation. The biggest offenders? Motorists on the Tappan Zee Bridge. More than 80,000 vehicles crossed the bridge without paying during that 5-year period, costing the agency $7 million.
Tell us: Do you think cashless tolling is a long-term solution? Why or why not? Talk about it in the comment section below.
(The Tappan Zee Bridge toll, The Journal News/LoHud.com file photo)